An emergency road closure is needed at Allen Street in Mountain Ash to rectify scour damage by Storm Christoph – and the lane connecting to Phillip Street will be improved before being used as an alternative route for residents.

The Council has identified the scour damage to a highway retaining wall which requires emergency work, and this can only be repaired by closing a section of road above the wall area – at the top (curved section) of Allen Street. A contractor is in the process of being appointed to undertake the work. The road closure will be in place for four weeks, starting during March 2021. The Council is also carrying out investigation works to look at further phases of work to this water course, which has been subject to flash flooding.

The Council is already carrying out work to the watercourse lower down Allen Street, as part of the Granville Terrace flood alleviation scheme.

As a result, the alternative route will utilise the middle lane connecting Allen Street and Phillip Street, to continue to allow residents to access their homes. This section of road will be shortly improved before the Allen Street closure comes into effect through resurfacing work.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “The Council remains committed to repairing and future-proofing highway structures, particularly in relation to those damaged in recent storm events. During an inspection after the most recent storm, Storm Christoph, Officers have identified damage to a retaining wall at the top end of Allen Street – which unfortunately requires emergency intervention to ensure safety.

“The activity must use a road closure, and with work already ongoing on a separate flood alleviation scheme at the bottom end of Allen Street, the Council will carry out resurfacing of the lane between Allen Street and Phillip Street for the identified diversion route. I’d like to thank residents for their cooperation during this disruption, as we move quickly to rectify this issue.”

Posted on Friday 19th February 2021

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