The Council has appointed a contractor to construct a new river wall in Pontygwaith this summer, thanks to £350,000 funding through #RCTinvest.

The new structure is required to support the lane to the rear of Llewellyn Street, after significant scouring over a decade has resulted in erosion and cracking damage. This has started to affect residents’ access to the lane, and the damage has the potential to encroach on nearby properties in the future.

The necessary work will include a process of excavation, and construction of a new river wall. It will require the lane to be temporarily closed to pedestrians for the duration of the scheme. The Council has recently appointed contractor Dyer & Butler to carry out the work, which will begin in August and is scheduled for completion during autumn 2018.

A funding allocation of £350,000 has been included in the Council’s £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19 to carry out the Pontygwaith works.

The scheme reflects the Council’s commitment and continued investment, through #RCTinvest, to future-proof important structures – as part of wider funding for Highways and Transportation schemes. Works begun in May on a £1.5m replacement scheme for Pontrhondda Road Bridge in Llwynypia, along with a £287,000 second phase of repairs to a bridge supporting Cardiff Road in Aberaman – following an initial £780,000 first phase completed in 2016/17.

The Council has also recently announced a project to repair a retaining wall at Penrhys Road through a £487,000 investment, with works beginning in July.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council is continuing its commitment to future-proof our Highways network as one of the Local Authority’s most valuable assets – and this includes repairing important structures to protect our Highways and Public Rights of Way.

“The works in Pontygwaith, starting later this summer, will fix a long-standing problem in the lane to the rear of Llewellyn Street, which has the potential to affect nearby properties in the future. In order to avoid this, the Council is investing £350,000 – and has recently appointed a contractor for the work.

“The Council’s investment in Highways and Transportation schemes totalled more than £20m in 2017/18, and is followed by the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19. Within this investment, a number of structures are being future-proofed this year – including projects in Llwynypia and Aberaman which are already underway, and at Penrhys Road, which begin shortly.”

The Council will communicate the arrangements for the start of the works in Pontygwaith in due course.

Posted on Friday 8th June 2018

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