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The Council will shortly begin a significant scheme to undertake necessary works to a river wall structure, which supports the A4058 in Hopkinstown.

The important £300,000 project will carry out repairs to approximately 950m of river wall, and is essential to ensure the ongoing integrity of Hopkinstown Road – which is a major commuter route linking Pontypridd and the Rhondda Valleys. The scheme will include vegetation and tree removal, repointing works, crack repairs, and rebuilding several sections of the wall structure.

The wall is generally 6m in height, and the majority of work will be carried out in the river channel (north-west of Castell Ifor Bridge). The nature of this work makes the scheme challenging, but minimal traffic management is required. Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed to deliver the scheme.

The scheme will get underway on Tuesday, May 28 – following the Bank Holiday. The project is scheduled for completion during autumn 2019.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council is investing in this scheme in Hopkinstown, which is important to future-proof the river wall and ensure we continue to protect the Highway – with the A4058 a key commuter route. The scheme was included in the Council’s £25.9m Highways Capital Programme for 2019/20, which follows the £23.6m invested in Highways and Transportation schemes through #RCTinvest last year.

“Repairing and maintaining structures which support the road network forms an important part of our Highways investment. Last year, a significant river wall construction was completed in Porth, along with retaining wall repairs at Penrhys Road, and bridge repairs at Sardis Road in Pontypridd, Cardiff Road in Aberaman and Llantrisant Road in Pontyclun.

“Hopkinstown has also seen significant investment in this area, with the completion of a footbridge replacement in 2018, while a scheme to repair Castell Ifor Bridge has made good progress since it started in April 2019.

“The nearby river wall repairs will get underway shortly, with very minimal disruption to residents and road users anticipated. The Council will work with its appointed contractor to carry out this scheme quickly and efficiently.”
Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019

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