A63 Selby bypass reopening delayed

Work has been completed on the A19 Brayton roundabout as part of the latest phase of North Yorkshire County Council's reconstruction of the A63 Selby bypass.

Temporary traffic signals have been removed from the roundabout, so both it and the A1041 Wishing Well roundabout at the other end of the stretch under reconstruction are now fully surfaced and operational. Only the lining needs to be completed. This will be done with traffic managed by temporary traffic signals for short periods during off-peak hours.

Resurfacing of the main carriageway is also nearing completion. However, work on the bridge section of the bypass where it crosses the canal and railway line is taking longer than originally programmed.

This means there will be a delay in the reopening of the bypass. It had been planned to reopen the A63 next week, but the road is now programmed to be reopen by Sunday, 18 September.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “It is disappointing that the opening has been delayed, and we apologise for the further inconvenience to road users.

“Our contractor has worked additional hours, including overnight and at weekends, to ensure this job is done as quickly as possible, despite initial delays caused by poor weather. I’m sure that the improvements to this section of the bypass will be welcomed by residents, businesses and visitors, as the first phase was last year.

“This is a major reconstruction scheme that continues the commitment made by North Yorkshire County Council to ensure that Selby has a bypass fit for purpose that recognises the town’s importance as a commercial and residential centre.”