Council chiefs have ordered roadworks on Godley Branch Road - which caused major traffic problems today - to stop and continue out of peak times.
Contractors working for Amey had begun work on Thursday morning to remove a traffic island close to Godley Bridge on the A58.
The work was in preparation for council contractors to put up scaffolding next week to paint Godley Bridge.
The work caused major traffic disruption - with queues backing up to beyond Hipperholme and into Halifax.
A council spokesperson said: “Because of the traffic disruption caused today, the Council has instructed Amey’s to cease work today and return this evening after peak traffic hours.
“The main works to erect scaffolding and carry out painting start on Mon June 18 and are planned to run until Friday August 17.”
He said the majority of the painting will be with traffic running normally, but the speed limit reduced to 30mph to improve safety for the workforce and public.
The underside of the main girders on the bridge will be painted from mobile platforms during the summer school holidays from Monday July 23 to Friday August 17 from 7am to 7pm.
The bridge is being painted in the same colours as North Bridge by a local contractor based on Saddleworth Road, Elland.