A project to upgrade 12 miles of the A1 in North Yorkshire to motorway standard has reached a major milestone with the completion of a 2.3 mile section between Dishforth (J49) and Baldersby (J50) - six months earlier than planned.
It is part of the on-going works to upgrade the A1 between Dishforth and Leeming to a three-lane motorway.
All work on the 2.3 mile section has been completed and all lanes will be open to traffic. Roads Minister, Mike Penning, said: “Opening this increased capacity six months earlier than planned is good news for road users, local residents and the regional economy.
“I look forward to seeing the widening work on the remaining 9.7 miles of the scheme - and new access road for local traffic - completed on time, or early if possible.”
Highways Agency project manager David Brindle said:“We are pleased to be opening this first section six months earlier than planned. The recent dry weather and efficiencies during construction, such as re-using and recycling materials on-site, meant we could make good progress.
“By finishing this section of the work early, we and our contractors are reducing the impact of the construction works for road users and the local community.
“Work to complete the remaining sections remains on target for Spring 2012.
“We would like to thank residents and road-users for their continued patience during the delivery of these essential improvements.”
Work on the A1 Dishforth to Leeming scheme started in March 2009. The project involves widening 12 miles of dual carriageway and providing a new access road for local traffic alongside the upgraded A1(M) for surrounding communities.