A project to repair, refurbish and future-proof the Hopkinstown footbridge in Pontypridd is progressing well.

The footbridge provides a public right of way between the A4058 Hopkinstown Road, over the River Rhondda, towards Hopkinstown Cricket Club. Necessary repair works got underway during November, and the bridge has since been closed to pedestrians and covered up to ensure public safely.

To date, the project has seen the removal of the bridge deck, followed by blasting and priming works which were completed before Christmas. Structural repairs and painting are the next scheduled activities to take place on site.

For the duration of the works the footbridge will remain closed to pedestrians. An alternative route, from the eastern side of the closure, is via Hopkinstown Road, Ford Road, and the lower path between Maesycoed and Barry Sidings Country Park – to the western side of the closure.

For pedestrians walking in the opposite direction the alternative route is as outlined above, but in reverse order.

Please note, the Pontypridd Fitness Centre and Hopkinstown Cricket Club remain open for business as usual throughout the duration of the works.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Good progress was made on the Hopkinstown footbridge repairs before Christmas in spite of the bad weather we have experienced, and works are continuing to complete necessary structural repairs.

“The footbridge provides an important link for local residents from the main road towards the cricket club, and the works will ensure the structure is future-proofed. Through #RCTinvest, the Council continues to significantly invest in its Highways, including public rights of way, for the benefit of residents.

“The Council will continue to work hard in order to complete the project in Hopkinstown as soon as possible. I’d like to thank local residents for their cooperation while the bridge is closed as a necessary measure to allow the works to safely take place.”

The Council will communicate further progress and arrangements for reopening the footbridge to residents in due course.
Posted on Monday 15th January 2018

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