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Work to dismantle the southernmost part of the Belgrave Flyover has got underway this week.
Work to remove the northerly bridge span was completed last week, three days earlier than planned.
Demolition is due to be completed by early April, with the rest of the wider scheme of road improvements on Belgrave Circle and new parking spaces finished by October.
Part of Leicester’s Belgrave circle will be closed for the next two days, as cutting work begins on the second major span of the Belgrave Flyover.
The section of the circle immediately below the southern part of the bridge span will be closed to traffic between 9.30am and 3.30pm, both today and tomorrow (25th and 26th February).
Traffic travelling east to west across the circle will be diverted, but the rest of the circle will be open as usual.
The main work to remove the flyover completely will take place next month, with the project already moving forward ahead of schedule. Work to remove the northern part of the bridge was completed three days earlier than planned.
Major demolition works to remove large sections of the Belgrave flyover in Leicester will start this weekend.
From midnight tonight, there will be a nine-day complete closure of the northern exit and slip roads from the Belgrave Circle.
Fears of serious congestion in Leicester have proved unfounded as work to demolish Belgrave flyover continues.
The work began on Saturday but today was the first time commuters used the roads and many used alternate routes.
Martin Fletcher, Leicester City Council's head of highways said:
"I'm surprised and delighted that we've had no serious congestion this morning. Everything's been flowing quite nicely and all of our hard work's paid off... The real test will be in a couple of weeks when we start to bring down the flyover and part of the roundabout will be closed.
That will be half term though so traffic should be reduced by around 20%."
In #Leicester Belgrave Road continues to flow reasonably well, but it's busier on Abbey Lane, Dysart Way and Catherine Street.
Tweets this morning from Area traffic Control in Leicester say things are flowing freely around the Belgrave flyover, on the first weekday since its closure for demolition work to take place.
The structure has been a key route through the city for more than 40 years, but is coming down as part of the wider regeneration of the Belgrave Road.
The demolition work is due to start on February 15th, and diversions will be in place for 9 weeks, which has caused concern to some businesses in the area.
The Belgrave Flyover in Leicester will close to all traffic today ahead of its demolition in two weeks time.
Yesterday people voted for the demolition project to take place over a nine week period.
It will be taken down in three large sections, starting with a nine-day road closure of the northern part of the roundabout beneath the flyover, from February 15.
Works will take place from 7am to midnight during the two closures, although the noisiest works will be done during the day.
Leicester's Belgrave flyover will close at midnight tonight as contractors begin work to demolish it.
The city council revealed the results of a consultation on the preferred way of taking it down. Two thirds of people backed the short option to carry out the works over nine weeks.
Demolition will start on February 15th.