Delays expected as Leicester bridge project starts

A major four-month bridge project which is expected to cause traffic delays has started in Leicester.

Traffic on Soar Valley Way has been reduced to one lane in each direction.

The subway under the bridge at Soar Valley Way on Leicester's outer ring road near Glen Parva is being strengthened.

Leicester City Council traffic management spokesman Andy Thomas said the work was vital to ensure the road and bridge were safe.

'Fairly chaotic'

Principal engineer for bridges Abul Tarafder said: "It's hard to judge how bad it will be but the first few days are going to be fairly chaotic.

"Absolutely there will be hold-ups - people definitely need to allow extra time."

The work will involve mending supports and doing waterproofing, surfacing and paint work.

There will also be temporary 30mph (48km) speed restrictions near the subway repairs.

Mr Tarafder asked that drivers allow extra time for journeys, drive in a conscientious way and do not block junctions.

Soar Valley Way and Lutterworth Road junction is one of the city's key routes connecting the south of Leicester to the M1.

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