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The Council will shortly begin work to replace a culvert in Hirwaun – requiring a temporary closure to the footpath at the rear of Hirwaun Recreation Ground. 

The £24,200 scheme, which begins on Monday, September 16, requires a temporary closure of the footpath leading to Tower Road. The closure begins at the rear of the bowls facility in a western direction, and will therefore not affect vehicular access to the Recreation Ground, which will remain open.

An alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists is via Caswell Close, Manchester Place and Tower Road, crossing the A465 via a footbridge. Those travelling in the opposite direction can take this route in reverse order.

The existing culvert is a corrugated steel pipe which has been damaged by corrosion, and it will be replaced by a new high-density polyethylene pipe with new concrete headwalls to both ends of the culvert.

The Council has appointed Hammonds (ECS) Ltd. as the contractor to deliver this scheme. Work is anticipated to last approximately four weeks.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “One of the Council’s priorities, in its significant funding for Highways through #RCTinvest, is to improve or replace culverts to alleviate the risk of flooding. A £550,000 investment in Flood Drainage and Flood Risk Management scheme was identified in the Council’s £25.9m Highways Capital Programme for 2019/20.

“In April 2019, the Council announced culvert repair schemes in Treherbert, Cwmpennar, Hendeforgan, Gilfach Goch and Ynysybwl – and these followed significant flood alleviation schemes at Park Road in Cwmparc, Bronallt Terrace in Abercwmboi and at the Trem-y-Dyffryn estate in Mountain Ash.

“The upcoming work in Hirwaun is part of the £1m set aside for the Parks and Countryside structures budget within the £25.9m Highways Capital Programme for 2019/20. The scheme will last around four weeks, and I’d like to thank local residents in advance for their cooperation.

“Once this work is complete, the Council will begin a similar scheme at the Blaennant-y-Groes culvert in Cwmbach. Further details about this will be announced shortly.”

Posted on Thursday 12th September 2019

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