A major roadworks project on the A1 will see a section of the road closed this weekend in order for six huge steel beams to be lifted into place to support a new bridge crossing.

The A1 will be closed between Scotch Corner and Junction 56 at Barton from 8pm on Friday March 18th until 10am on Saturday March 19th, and for the same period overnight on Saturday into Sunday, when traffic levels are typically at their lowest.

For those who need to travel along the route at those times, a clearly signposted diversion will be in place to avoid the closed section of the A1, which includes the carriageways in both directions.

Meanwhile, six steel beams each measuring 2.1 metres deep and up to 61 metres long, at a weight of more than 150 tonnes, will be dropped into place using a 1,000-tonne crane to create a new bridge deck upon which a road surface can be laid.

This will ultimately link with nearby villages, creating a local road to provide access between them without the need to travel on the A1.

Highways England project manager Tom Howard said: “This is a significant milestone for the scheme and a complex piece of engineering. Our contractor will be using major lifting equipment and it is essential we close the road overnight to ensure maximum safety to both road workers and road users alike.

“The new bridge will help to link up communities on each side of the A1 and will be part of a new local road running between Kneeton Lane and Scotch Corner.”

He added that the new local road is part of the efforts to upgrade the dual carriageway of the A1 to full motorway standard – and that carrying out the work overnight helps to ensure the closure causes minimal disruption.