A1 motorway closures: West Yorkshire drivers reminded of overnight closures starting this week as construction work on Wentbridge Viaduct takes next steps forward

Drivers in West Yorkshire are reminded of overnight closures on the A1 starting this week as work on Wentbridge Viaduct moves onto the next phase.

The closures allow for National Highways to move the contraflow currently in place between Barnsdale Bar and Ferrybridge, which will enable essential work to switch from the A1 southbound to northbound.

The closures will run from 8pm to 6am, from Thursday (February 22) until March 8, 2024. Closures will be in both directions, but not at the same time. During the day, the A1 will be open under contraflow.

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As well as previously advertised closures up to March 1, National Highways has also brought forward further maintenance and repair work to reduce the impact on road users and residents. This work will be carried out at the same time as the switch-over.

Work moves forward on Wentbridge Viaduct. (Pic credit: National Highways)Work moves forward on Wentbridge Viaduct. (Pic credit: National Highways)
Work moves forward on Wentbridge Viaduct. (Pic credit: National Highways)

The overnight closures between March 1 and 8 will allow for resurfacing, road marking, new signage, an upgraded weather station, drainage cleaning, vegetation clearance and litter picking between Barnsdale Bar and the viaduct.

A single overnight closure is also scheduled for March 20. All work is subject to weather conditions.

Work began to renew the waterproofing and surfacing on the viaduct, a Grade II-listed structure carrying the A1 over the River Went, in February 2023.

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The National Highways has conducted an extensive range of repair work conducted due to various issues identified during inspections including degraded and damaged sections of reinforced concrete, manhole cover plates, maintenance walkway anchor points under the bridge and safety barrier foundations.

This work will now switch to the opposite carriageway, with work on Wentbridge Viaduct expected to finish by the end of summer 2024.

Project manager at National Highways, John Stebbing, said: “To keep disruption to residents of the surrounding villages to a minimum, we urge drivers to stay on the motorway network where possible, using the M62 and M18 for both northbound and southbound journeys.

“Taking the local roads through the villages not only creates disruption for those who live in surrounding areas, it is usually quicker to remain on the A1 through the roadworks than try to take a short cut.

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“Please follow the signed diversion routes, and not rely on your sat navs.”

Anyone driving southbound is advised to use the M62 and M18, northbound diversion for traffic on A1 up to Wadworth (junction 35): Leave junction 35 onto M18 and M62 to Ferrybridge Interchange.

For northbound high-sided vehicles, traffic north of Wadworth (junction 35): Leave A1 at Barnsdale Bar onto A6201 and onto A628 re-joining A1 from the A645 via Ferrybridge Interchange. The environmental weight restriction for HGVs on the A628 at Ackworth has been revoked during overnight closures of the A1. This is due to height restrictions on an alternate route.

Northbound diversion, traffic north of Wadworth (junction 35): Leave A1 at Barnsdale Bar onto A639, re-joining A1 from the A645 via Ferrybridge Interchange. There are height restrictions on this route.

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Work on the viaduct is expected to be completed in summer 2024 and the A1 in this area will be fully reopened while National Highways works to create a new programme of works for the nearby Wentedge Road Bridge for 2026.

The work taking place on Wentedge Road Bridge will include replacing the central pier or ‘leg’, joints and waterproofing on Wentedge Road Bridge, which sits south of Wentbridge Viaduct.

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