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The Council has made excellent progress in constructing a new river wall at Pontypridd Road in Porth – and as a result the project is now on course to be completed during September.

The Council’s £682,000 project involves the construction of a 20m section of concrete wall to support the carriageway on Pontypridd Road. The significant scheme was necessary due to the existing river wall exhibiting signs of movement during a scheduled inspection. After it was identified that the structure required repair or replacement, the carriageway was narrowed as a temporary measure to reduce vehicle loading on the wall.

The project to construct a replacement structure began in mid-May, and necessary utilities works were completed ahead of a 12-week construction period scheduled for completion in autumn 2018. The Council has adopted the same traffic management as utilised during Welsh Water’s significant water main works at Pontypridd Road – which directly preceded the river wall scheme.

The traffic management set up included retaining the temporary closure of Pontypridd Road, from its junction with Hannah Street to its junction with Station Street, while Station Street facilitates traffic in one direction only. The Council continues to work closely with residents and businesses to minimise disruption in this period.

On site, recent project milestones have included excavation and significant mass concrete pours, which have gone very well.

Upcoming works include additional repairs to other sections of the river wall, which will be followed by the reinstatement of the carriageway and footway in Pontypridd Road at the end of the project.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m pleased by the progress being made on the river wall construction at Pontypridd Road, with the project now weeks away from being concluded. The Council scheduled the work to be completed in autumn but good progress, helped by the weather, has resulted in the project now likely to be completed sooner.

“Repairing important structures which support the Highway network is a vital part of our investment in this area, which saw more than £20m funding for Highways and Transportation schemes last year through #RCTinvest – and it is followed by the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19.

“The Programme includes more than £7m allocated for major projects to future-proof important structures, and the Council is taking advantage of the school holiday to make progress on a number of schemes this summer.

“These include repairs at the Sardis Road/Mill Street bridges in Pontypridd, the second phase of bridge repairs at Cardiff Road in Aberaman, a retaining wall scheme at Penrhys Road and a river wall construction in Pontygwaith – as well as the ongoing Pontrhondda bridge replacement in Llwynypia.

“The Council will communicate arrangements for the project’s completion in due course, and I’d like to thank residents and businesses for their continued cooperation during these works.”

Posted on Wednesday 8th August 2018

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