The Council will begin a significant scheme to construct a new river wall at Pontypridd Road in Porth, retaining the traffic management currently in place for Welsh Water’s works in the area.
From Monday, May 21, the Local Authority will begin its £682,000 scheme to build a 20m concrete wall to support the carriageway on Pontypridd Road. The existing wall failed an inspection undertaken after cracks were discovered in the Highway. It was identified that the wall needs repair or replacement – and the structure has been supported over the past 18 months while the carriageway has been narrowed to reduce loading on the wall.
There are significant challenges with utilities in this area, and the first part of the scheme comprises of gas and electricity works. The new wall will then be constructed in 12 weeks with the scheme due for completion by autumn 2018.
During its works on the river wall, the Council will adopt the same traffic management utilised during Welsh Water’s significant scheme to replace the water main at Pontypridd Road, which started in March 2018 and is now coming to an end. This includes retaining the temporary closure of a section of Pontypridd Road, from its junction with Hannah Street to its junction with Station Street, while Station Street will facilitate traffic in one direction only.
An alternative route for motorists – via Hannah Street and Station Street – will continue to be clearly signposted. Access to the Morrisons supermarket will continue to be gained from a temporary access off the A4058, for southbound vehicles only. For vehicles travelling northbound on the A4058, the alternative route is to join the A4058 southbound via the Porth Bridge Roundabout.
Access to the closed section of Pontypridd Road will not be maintained for emergency services, but will continue to be maintained for pedestrians and residents’ vehicles. The temporary traffic, waiting and loading arrangements to facilitate access for residents and commercial premises – which are currently in place for Welsh Water’s scheme – will also be retained.
Please note, local Town Centre businesses will remain open as usual throughout the works.
Posted on Friday 18th May 2018