Kirkgate Highways Scheme starts on May 1
begins next week (May 1) to transform the Kirkgate area for road users and
The £6million project will see the subways around Kirkgate, which were built in the 1970's, filled in and replaced by storm water storage.
The project, which is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, runs until late Spring 2018.
It involves the installation of a new roundabout and new traffic signals to help pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely.
Work starting on Marsh Way next week, will mean that traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction at off-peak hours to minimise disruption to motorists. To help keep traffic disruption to a minimum, the work has been set up to coincide with the opening of the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road
The project will also involve opening up Park Street junction to provide better access for vehicles to and from Kirkgate Station and the surrounding residential area.
Other changes will see Monk Street paved, the closing of the Monk Street and Brunswick Street junction to traffic, and improved conditions for people walking and cycling between the city centre and Kirkgate Station.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "The Kirkgate scheme will improve how people, in particular, pedestrians, can access Kirkgate and is another major step forward for the area. Inevitably a project like this will cause some disruption, although we will do all we can to minimise it, and in the longer term it will bring great benefits for the district.
"Better access could lead to new development and investment, and be a real boost for the local community which has already seen major improvements to the train station and the opening of the new West Yorkshire Archive building."