Drivers will face delays in Scarborough town centre when roadworks begin on Valley Bridge lasting seven weeks.
The work, as part of the planned maintenance programme, will begin on October 17 and includes the removal of the road surface, the preparation of exposed concrete, waterproofing, the installation of drainage and finally resurfacing and lining.
The work, set to last seven weeks and finish in early December, is vital for the long-term durability of the bridge as it will prevent water and de-icing salt leaking through the deck on to the main steel structure below and causing corrosion.
Castle Division County Councillor Janet Jefferson said the waterproofing work on Valley Bridge was essential for the long-term durability of the bridge. “I am aware this bridge forms part of one of our main arterial roads within our town and apologise to both commuters and local residents for the inconvenience and loss of parking this will cause during the period of works.’’
To carry out this work, parking bay suspensions and a lane closure will be required.
The work will be done in two halves. Northbound traffic will be diverted for the duration, with southbound traffic still allowed to cross the bridge. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
There will be signed diversions in place for traffic travelling north. For traffic travelling along Filey Road the diversion will be via Queen Margaret’s Road, then on to Seamer Road/Falsgrave Road (A64), rejoining Valley Road (A165) north of the bridge.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive member for Highways, said: “We are asking people to allow extra time for their journeys. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and we would like to thank road users for their patience while these essential works take place.’’
For more details, call the Council’s customer services on 01609 780780, visit the County Council’s Facebook site or log on to www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks.