Busy Wyther Lane Bridge is set to be closed for even longer than expected, council highways chiefs have confirmed.
The historic bridge has been closed to traffic since Monday 26 July to allow the Canal and River Trust to carry out repair work to the canal bridge following a car crash which destroyed part of the bridge in March.
The work was due to be finished by September 4 – but the road is now expected to be closed into October.
Council workmen have this week moved in to start putting up permanent traffic lights in a bid to make the bridge safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
A 500-metre trench is currently being dug to connect the traffic lights at opposite ends of the road.
A Leeds City Council spokesperson today said:
“Following repairs on Wyther Lane Bridge being delayed due to unforeseen engineering issues, Leeds City Council is now, as part of its own individual work on the project, moving forward with the installation of permanent traffic lights.
“Installation of the new traffic lights is now expected to be completed by the start of October. We would like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience whilst this essential work takes place.”
A signed diversion route is available via Raynville Road, Outgang Lane and Broad Lane.
West Leeds Dispatch has also approached the Canal and River Trust for comment.