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Concrete pour underway for Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link

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The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link has reached a significant new landmark with the start of the concrete pour to the bridge deck – utilising more than 350m3 of concrete over two phases of work.

The multi-million pound scheme is seeing a road bridge built from Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate to Miskin Road, providing a new link for traffic between the A4059 and B4275. The project is a long term-aspiration for the Council and residents, and will be completed in 2020. The new link will improve traffic flow in Mountain Ash and on the A4059 arterial route through the Cynon Valley.

At the end of September 2019, contractor Walters-Sisk completed a very successful weekend of work to lift six pairs of large bridge beams into place over the river and railway. This required possession of the railway line and, for the first time, saw the main 60m bridge structure take its permanent place.

The concrete pour over the bridge deck is now being carried out over two phases – the eastern and western spans respectively. The eastern span, utilising 175m3 of concrete, was commenced on Thursday, December 5.

The western span, which spans the river and railway line, will be completed in the near future once the arrangements are confirmed with Network Rail.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The concrete pour to the bridge deck is the latest landmark for the Cross Valley Link, with the Council’s contractor starting the first phase of work on Thursday. Local residents will be able to see the progress made, with the main structure now in place following the recent work to lift the large bridge beams into position.

“This scheme will deliver a huge improvement to traffic flow in and around Mountain Ash, particular at peak travel periods – and also having a knock-on effect of improving the flow on the A4059 throughout the Cynon Valley. The scheme continues to progress well, and is on course for completion in 2020."

Posted on 09/12/2019