The Council will shortly begin an improvement scheme to deliver a dedicated left-turn lane at Gwaunmiskin Roundabout in the direction of Beddau, to increase traffic flow on this section of the A473 – by stopping left-turning vehicles from obstructing the flow of straight-ahead traffic.
From Monday, July 15, work will begin to widen the highway by building into the current grass verge, in order to accommodate the new lane. The scheme will include resurfacing both lanes on the roundabout’s western arm, while extending the drainage network within the verge. It is funded by a £100,000 investment through the Making Better Use Programme, via #RCTinvest.
The Council has appointed Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd as the contractor responsible for delivering this scheme, which is set to be completed during summer 2019.
The majority of the scheme is likely to cause minimal disruption on the A473 – with the carriageway remaining open and the contractor utilising the current left-turn flair lane on a day-to-day basis. At the end of the scheme, traffic management will be required overnight only, to complete the final resurfacing over a number of nights. The Council will communicate details of these works once finalised.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Work will soon begin to improve traffic flow on the A473 by introducing a left-turn lane at Gwaunmiskin Roundabout – for traffic heading towards Beddau. The scheme is part of the Council’s £25.9m Highways Capital Programme for 2019/20 – which follows a £23.6m investment in the service as a priority area last year.
“This scheme is very similar to a number of recent improvements delivered on the A4059 in the Cynon Valley – particularly at Asda and Ynys roundabouts. Traffic flow, particularly at peak times, has been improved by the installation of a dedicated turn lane – which ensures fewer vehicles wishing to turn left are stopped from doing so by stationary traffic queuing to go straight on.
“The Council will work closely with its contractor for the A473 Gwaunmiskin Roundabout scheme, to ensure it is completed as efficiently and quickly as possible. Minimal traffic management is expected to be required to carry out the scheme – with the major A473 route set to be largely unaffected throughout.”
Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019