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Berw Road Bridge, Pontypridd

Following Storm Dennis, the Council has inspected more than 190 bridges across Rhondda Cynon Taf – and has provided a summary of the ongoing activity in respect of its highway structures. 

Unprecedented weather conditions hit the County Borough causing flooding in local communities on Sunday, February 16 – with further periodic heavy rainfall persisting ever since. This has caused significant damage to roads and important supporting highway structures such as retaining walls and bridges.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Storm Dennis brought rainfall to the County Borough which hasn’t been experienced in a matter of decades. This caused multiple locations where each of our rivers recorded their highest levels in decades – breaching their banks and causing not only devastating flooding to hundreds of businesses and households, but also significant damage to important highway structures.

“The large job of assessing the damage is underway, and we’ve inspected almost 200 bridges since last week, along with numerous other structures such as river walls. Nine bridges are closed based on conclusions from the inspections – including at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd, Castle Inn in Treforest and the White Bridge at Berw Road in Pontypridd. We continue to monitor significant damage to the river walls, including at Hopkinstown and Blaencwm.

“The damage caused by Storm Dennis to our highway network is widespread and incredibly costly, and Officers are working hard to assess the damage so we are in a position to think about widespread repairs. I’d like to thank residents and road users for their continued patience, particularly in relation to the essential closures of important routes and links to ensure safety.”

As of Wednesday, February 26, there remain almost 40 bridges to inspect. The majority of scour assessments cannot be undertaken until the river levels drop.

Following the Council’s initial assessments and inspections of bridges, there are a number of bridges which remain areas of concern:

  • Ynysangharad Park footbridge, Pontypridd – closed due to damage, with a consultant commissioned to recommend repairs.
  • Castle Inn Footbridge, Treforest – closed due to damage, specialist surveys to be undertaken when water levels reduce.
  • Berw Road Bridge (White Bridge), Pontypridd – closed due to scour damage which is currently being assessed, including activity within the river.
  • Feeder Pipe Footbridge, Abercynon – this structure provides a link to the Taff Trail which is currently closed due to bridge damage.
  • Penydarren Tramroadside Bridge – the scheduled ancient monument was closed and has now sustained further parapet damage.
  • Mill Farm Road Footbridge, Cilfynydd – this structure on the Taff Trail is closed due to bridge and wall damage.
  • Aman Footbridge, Aberaman – closed due to damage sustained to the bridge parapets.
  • Footbridges on Footpath 72 (Ynysybwl) and 165 (Llantrisant) – currently closed due to debris and bridge damage respectively.
  • Bailey Street and Main Road Bridges in Ton Pentre, Morrisons Bridge in Porth (privately-owned) – damaged but remain open.

Further inspections and scour assessments may necessitate the closure of other bridges.

A number of retaining/river walls along the main rivers in the County Borough have also been inspected, along with the Bwlch Mountain Road revetments in the area that the Council has responsibility for. Other areas of concern to have been highlighted by the inspections.

  • Hopkinstown River Wall (along the A4058) – a section of the wall has collapsed, and has been fenced off as we assess required repairs.
  • Blaencwm Road River Wall – a section of the wall has collapsed, and is cordoned off. The affected area is being monitored very closely, with inspections concluding the road can remain open under traffic lights.
  • Berw Road and Sion Street River Walls, Pontypridd – survey work is ongoing following sections of each wall being collapsed. A temporary solution at both locations will be implemented.
  • Cynon Trail River Wall, Mountain Ash – a section of the wall has collapsed, and the Cynon Trail is closed. There is the identified potential for the Council to divert the Trail via nearby land which is currently being assessed.
  • Pontypridd Road, Porth – damage to the river wall was sustained near Morrisons Bridge, and temporary repairs are being considered.
Posted on Wednesday 26th February 2020

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