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Leader visits Cross Valley Link site as concrete pour completed

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The Council Leader has today visited the Cross Valley Link site in Mountain Ash following completion of the bridge deck concrete pour – and was able to walk from one side of the bridge to the other for the first time. 

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 spring 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 60-metre bridge structure take its permanent place.

The concrete pour to the bridge deck – which has utilised more than 350m3 of concrete – started in early December 2019, and has now been completed.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The significant concrete pour to the bridge deck has been completed on schedule by our contractor, in time for the Christmas break. This is an important landmark for the scheme, with the structure over the river and railway now very much taking shape. I was pleased to join the contractor’s workforce and Council Officers on site today, to walk across the length of the bridge for the first time.

“Once completed, this scheme will deliver vastly improved traffic flow in and around Mountain Ash, and also on the wider A4059, which is the main commuter route through the Cynon Valley. It is great to see how much progress has been made in recent months, and I’m looking forward to seeing this major project delivered in spring 2020, for the benefit of the local community.”

Posted on 20/12/2019