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Boothferry Bridge to reopen to two-way traffic

Boothferry Bridge, on the road between Howden and Goole, will reopen to two-way traffic this weekend.

The bridge is currently undergoing major improvement works as part of an East Riding of Yorkshire Council scheme. Traffic lights on site allow only one-way travel over the bridge while the work is carried out.

From Saturday, 23 July, the traffic lights will be removed to give vehicles free movement over the bridge.

However, in order for the lights to be removed, the bridge will need to be temporarily closed to all traffic from 10am on Friday 22 July until 6am on Saturday 23 July, when it will reopen.

This closure is necessary for repairs to the road to be carried out, in order for the bridge to reopen fully.

During the closure, there will be a temporary signed diversion via the M62 Ouse Bridge.

Major construction works to improve to Boothferry Bridge began in November. They will continue after this weekend, with the bridge open.

The work has involved the reconstruction of two approach footpaths, the replacement of timber footpaths, installing a new traffic barrier system, replacements of joints and other items, and general improvements to maintain the bridge.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “We will be taking away the traffic lights off Boothferry Bridge to allow free movement of vehicles from this coming weekend, which we hope will improve the traffic situation greatly.

“Our engineers haven’t been able to remove the lights until this coming weekend as vital work was being completed, and I want to thank motorists for bearing with us.

“The work on Boothferry Bridge is extremely important, as it will make sure it is in good working order for years to come.”

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