A1 Closed This Weekend

13 November 2015, 14:25 | Updated: 13 November 2015, 14:37

A section of the A1 between Leeming Bar and Scotch Corner's going to be closed over the weekend so a bridge can be demolished.

The road will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Saturday 14th November until 6am Monday 16th November between junction 51 (Leeming Bar) and Scotch Corner.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place and drivers are advised to allow an extra 30 minutes to their journey time.

The closure's part of the A1 Leeming to Barton major road scheme, which will see Fort Bridge knocked down to make way for an extra lane to be added.

It'll be rebuilt at a later date.

In the meantime drivers will be able to use a new Catterick Central junction which is now open and located north of the existing junction.

Highways England project manager Tom Howard said:
"This is a significant milestone for the scheme and a complex piece of engineering, which is why it is essential we close sections of the A1.

"We will use 35-tonne excavators and are building a platform to accommodate a 500-tonne crane to remove the steel beams from the existing bridge structure.

"There will inevitably be delays at peak times and people should plan their journeys, using the many alternative routes that will be signposted off the A1 closure and leave extra time to complete their journeys. We would like to thank drivers for their patience."

The £380 million Highways England project, which began last year, will replace the existing dual carriageway with a new three lane motorway.