Aberaman residents are benefitting from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructures and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme as works to repair and strengthen Aberaman Bridge continue.
Works along Aberaman Bridge are now well underway and will see £390,000 being invested to make essential repairs to this well used bridge.
The bridge which links the communities of Aberaman and Abercwmboi via the B4275, Cardiff Road was in desperate need of repair.
These essential works include localised hydro-demolition of the bridge deck to enable renewal of expansion joints, concrete repairs to the spalled areas of the reinforced concrete bridge deck soffit, grit blasting and repainting of steel girders, waterproofing and resurfacing the bridge deck.
Works began on Monday 6th June 2016 and are expected to be completed within 12 weeks (September 2016). During this time there will be some inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians and it is hoped they can bear with the Council as the important repairs are undertaken. Diversionary signs will be placed at key locations to ensure that the disruption is kept to a minimum.
In order to carry out the next phase of works a road closure will need to be put in place along Cwmaman Road, Aberaman for approximately three weeks – starting from Wednesday 20th July. Access to residents will be maintained at all times. Diversions will be in place during this time via Clarence Terrace.
Temporary lane closures and traffic management remains in place along Cardiff Road and Farm Road is closed for the duration of the works.
Over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructures and on Strategic Projects since 2011.
The HTISP Investment scheme will see a number of streets, roads, towns and villages right across the County Borough benefit as work is now ploughing ahead to tackle key areas.
This work demonstrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, who is also Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“The Cabinet recognises the importance of investing in our key priorities that is why we have allocated £200m over the next three years to improve areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.
“Myself and my Cabinet wholeheartedly agree that improvements to our highways and structures continue to be a key priority when it comes to allocating our financial resources.
“We will be investing over £23m in Highways Improvements, Infrastructure, and Strategic Projects over the next three years – this is on top of the £53m we have already invested since 2011 meaning that by 2018/19 we will have invested over £76m in these key areas in recent years.
“The essential refurbishment works to Aberaman bridge will see the bridge repaired, sandblasted and repainted, alongside water-proofing and re-surfacing.
“Whilst this work demonstrates the Council’s commitment to maintain and improve structures for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike, the targeted works are likely to cause disruptions to pedestrians and motorists and I would reassure our residents that every measure has been taken to minimise this where possible. I would like to urge residents to continue to support us whilst these essential works are carried out as it is for their longer term benefit.”
Details of likely disruptions and updates will be posted on the Council’s social media sites where possible and residents are urged to follow/like the Council’s pages for up to date information.