The roadworks which have caused regular gridlock in the north of York are to be extended by three weeks.
But City of York Council says this unscheduled work will take place at night, with all traffic restrictions removed during the day.
Maintenance work to two bridges on the A1237 outer ring road began on 29 May.
It was scheduled to last for five weeks, finishing by 3 July.
Now, however, the roadworks will continue until 21 July due to “unforeseen circumstances during the excavation stage of the scheme, which took longer than expected”.
The £200K repairs to Rawcliffe Ings Bridge over the River Ouse and Millfield Railway Bridge over the East Coast Main Line have caused rush hour misery.
But this appears to have been largely due to the daytime 30mph limit, traffic restrictions and ramps on the road.
Today, a City of York Council spokesperson said of the extended repairs: “To help ease traffic flow, works are taking place at night, between 8pm and 6am, working 7 days a week.
“To help further ease traffic, the lane closure, temporary traffic signals and 30mph speed limit from each roundabout will only be in place during the night (for safety reasons this was previously in place during the day).
“During the day, provisions will be put in place to ensure the road is fully reopened. The ramps, which were put in place to protect the surface, are planned to be removed by 30 June.”
Emergency services, cyclists and pedestrians will be permitted through the works at all times.
The spokesperson added: “As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience to the public. However, everything will be done to keep this to a minimum.”
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