Lane closure on Ouse Bridge tonight as bridge joint repairs make progress

February 27, 2024


 Motorists are advised of an overnight lane closure on the M62 eastbound tonight (February 27) to enable the next steps for work on Ouse Bridge.

The dedicated eastbound lane for drivers exiting the M62 eastbound at junction 37 (Howden) is due to close from 8pm tonight to allow for changes to the road layout. The lane is scheduled to reopen at 6am tomorrow.

The contraflow eastbound lane will remain open tonight, as will the westbound lanes.

National Highways has now replaced the bridge joints on the hard shoulder and lane 1 of the eastbound carriageway on Ouse Bridge.

Traffic will be moved over on the eastbound carriageway to use the hard shoulder and lane 1, allowing the workforce to start hydro demolition and concrete repairs of the bridge joints in lane 2 and 3. 

  Capacity will remain the same, with the one lane eastbound lane still running in lane 3 of the westbound carriageway.

National Highways Project Manager John Stebbing said: “Work on site is progressing well. Once we have made the changes, drivers will notice the change in the layout but there will no change in the number of lanes. 

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this essential work.”

National Highways is currently carrying out an extensive programme of repairs and replacement of joints on the 50-year-old structure.

Routine investigations identified a partial failure of a joint on the eastbound carriageway of Ouse Bridge, which runs between junctions 36 (Goole) and 37, in March 2022. Further investigations identified that more extensive concrete repairs were required. National Highways is now replacing all eight existing joints as one programme.

The work is due to be finished on the eastbound carriageway by mid spring, before switching to the westbound carriageway. Work on Ouse Bridge is due to be complete by the end of August 2024.

While these repairs take place, drivers are reminded to plan their journeys, allow extra time for travelling and check traffic conditions before setting off.  

A dedicated web page has been created to keep everyone up to date on the latest developments around this essential work.

 Further information about the closures is available from National Highways by visiting and the Twitter account @HighwaysYorks. For urgent real-time assistance, our 24/7 contact centre team can provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000. 

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