Neath Port Talbot Council is to carry out strengthening, repair and maintenance work on three well used bridges in different parts of the County Borough.
The Council also plans a major rebuild of a retaining wall. The four projects will cost more than £400,000.
Heol Y Deryn Bridge in Glyncorrwg is vital as it is the only access for a number of properties to the rest of village and strengthening work is planned which will involve lining the existing masonry arch with corrugated steel and concrete and creating a new masonry parapet. The project will cost £35,000.
Another of the bridges to undergo work, Pontwalby Bridge in the shadow of the A465 connecting the communities of Glynneath and Pontwalby, also requires repair work to keep it operational.
The underside of the bridge will require extensive scaffolding to carry out concrete repairs. There will be temporary traffic lights in operation for the duration of the works. This project will cost £100,000.
The Park Street footbridge in Taibach, Port Talbot, lies to the eastern edge of the town’s popular Talbot Memorial Park and provides access over the Ffrwdwyllt, (Wildbrook) a stream which runs through Cwm Dyffryn, from Park Street.
The existing steel and concrete composite footbridge is now to be replaced with a new, wider, hardwood footbridge. Access to the park will be from Park Street via the footbridge at North Street while works are undertaken. The work will cost £55,000.
The programme of work will also see the Gnoll bank retaining wall off Dyfed Road, Neath, rebuilt at a cost of £45,000.
This retaining wall will be taken down and rebuilt with the addition of an accessible ramp. The work on the three bridges and the retaining wall will be carried out during this financial year.
Councillor Ted Latham, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering said:
“It is essential these three bridges which provide well used connections within our communities are made structurally sound for future generations of users.
“The retaining wall at Gnoll Bank also supports a well used footpath in the area and we are pleased to include these projects in our work programme for 2019/20.”