The final phase of the Selby bypass reconstruction will finish on Sunday and the road will be fully reopened for the start of the working week.

The final phase of the Selby bypass reconstruction has been completed.

It is the end of a three-phase scheme by North Yorkshire County Council which has been carried out over the past three years to make sure the town has the bypass it needs to help its economic future.

The contractor Cemex began the final phase on August 9 from the A19 Brayton roundabout to the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout. Work involved deep repair and reinstatement of the carriageway, incorporating a stress-absorbing membrane into the reconstruction to bring greater stability to the final structure. Some unforeseen ground conditions were managed to ensure the work was completed within two days of the original completion date.

The nature of the work needed the bypass to be closed along the stretch under reconstruction and there were local and separate HGV diversions. Other sections were resurfaced in the final phase including Greencore roundabout and a stretch of the A63 towards Osgodby roundabout, East Common Lane and the A63 from the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout going towards Hambleton over the railway bridge.

Phase one of the scheme covered the A1041 Bawtry Road to the A19 at Barlby, and the second covered the A63 between and including the A19 Brayton roundabout and A1041 Wishing Well roundabout and their approaches.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, said: “This project, which local people campaigned for over several years, ensures Selby has a bypass which will support the town’s economic growth. We are very grateful for the patience of local people during this work and hope they will now be able to reap the benefits.’’

This story was published 13 October 2017