Work has started on a major road bridge replacement scheme in Llwynypia, following a significant investment by the Council.

The Pontrhondda Road Bridge over the River Rhondda Fawr is situated at Sherwood Street, near the college. A weight restriction has been imposed on the bridge, which has been monitored and continues to deteriorate – and therefore requires necessary replacement. During April 2018, the Council appointed contractor Dawnus Construction to deliver the scheme in 2018/19.

During October 2017, Cabinet Members agreed a significant £1.1m investment for the scheme, and an additional £400,000 was included in the Council’s Supplementary Capital Programme for Highways in 2018/19 – bringing the total investment for this scheme to £1.5m.

Works got underway on Tuesday, May 8, and are scheduled for completion during early 2019. For the duration of the scheme, the 40m bridge section of Sherwood Street will be closed – and an alternative route clearly signposted.

From the eastern side of the closure proceed via Sherwood Street, Partridge Road, Princess Louise Road, Oakfield Terrace and Sherwood Street, to the opposite side of the closure. For vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, the above route can be taken in reverse order.

Access will not be maintained for emergency services, but will be maintained for pedestrians throughout the entire scheme.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council’s major £1.5m scheme to replace the Pontrhondda Road Bridge in Llwynypia is now underway, and work to demolish and construct a new bridge structure over the river is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

“This is one of a number of significant Highways schemes which will be carried out by the Council this year – for which an additional £400,000 funding was included in the 2018/19 Highways Capital Programme, on top of previously allocated investment. The wider Capital Programme will invest £23.6m for Highways schemes in 2018/19, following the £20m investment which was made in 2017/18.

“While there will be some short-term disruption to the local community residents will, I’m sure, welcome news that the Pontrhondda Bridge is being replaced. As part of the scheme, a temporary footbridge will be installed by the Council’s contractors before the road bridge is demolished. This will help minimise disruption locally, allowing pedestrian access during the works.

“I’m looking forward to seeing progress made on this scheme in the coming weeks and months, for the long-term benefit of local road users.”

Posted on Wednesday 16th May 2018

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