Dinas Bridge, Pontneddfechan Emergency Works – update

We have received the following update from Powys County Council:

Powys County Council have now appointed a contractor (Kaymac) who will undertake a portion of the works at Dinas Bridge, Pontneddfechan. Our intention now is to undertake only the Emergency works rather than including the less urgent parapet repairs. The works will begin on the Monday 28th September although the contractor may begin moving welfare and site compound kit to the site prior to this date.

We intend on building a scaffolding system on the upstream side of the bridge against the damaged wall nearest the Dinas Rock car park, which will not obstruct the road. The workforce will need to block the road for the first morning they are on site to construct the scaffolding and will then monitor traffic over the period over the works with traffic marshalls. On occasions materials will be lowered from the bridge deck to the scaffold via a tracked mini crane which will block the bridge for quarter/half hour (ish) at a time and the marshalls will direct traffic away from bridge at this time.

Essentially the company undertaking the works are very experienced in working on structures like these where there are many constraints including pedestrian and vehicle access. They will attempt to maintain as much access over the bridge as possible and have put in place as many health and safety measures deemed reasonably practicable. If you/anyone in the area has any issues with them or anything that they are doing please forward the info back to me [via the SWOAPG Coordinator] so I can resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

On Monday/Tuesday next week, the Abercrave Highways depot will be erecting advanced warning signs for the closure to give plenty of notice before the works begin. They will hopefully lay the sub-base in the village hall car park as requested as well to maintain the temporary car parking area. We will also erect signs on the lane past the village hall to deter parking on that section of road.

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