Motorists are asked to take extra care at the Wetherby Road roundabout on the outer ring road as work is undertaken to narrow the road lanes after this evening’s peak traffic.
This reduction in lane width is needed to ensure the safety of road users and construction workers.
Road barriers and a reduced speed limit of 30 miles per hour will also be in place to reinforce safety whilst traveling through the road works.
In addition, there will be a single lane entry onto the roundabout off-peak from Monday to Friday, with the existing two-lane entry retained at morning and afternoon peaks.
The roundabout is the first of seven to be widened to a three-lane approach and two-lane exit in order to reduce congestion on the outer ring road.
The existing two lane entry and single lane exit will be in place through this phase of the works, which are expected to last at least 12 weeks.
The council is reassuring motorists that the restrictions should only cause minor delays.
Cllr Peter Dew, executive member for transport and planning, said:
“These roundabout upgrades will reduce journey times and congestion, and improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We’ve designed the works to minimise disruption while ensuring that the work is carried out safely.
“Lane closures won’t be required for most of the scheme, and these restrictions should only cause minor delays and are necessary to ensure the safety of road users and construction workers.”
Work will take place every weekday from 7:30am to 5:00pm, with the potential for evening and weekend work as required at various times before the improvements are complete next spring.
The total £38 million programme is funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and will take up to four years to complete all seven roundabouts.
For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/yorr
The York Outer Ring Road improvements programme is being funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.