Vital Bridge Works Completed Two Weeks Ahead of Schedule

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Neath Port Talbot Council has successfully completed phase two of essential refurbishment works to the Vale of Neath Railway Bridge two weeks ahead of schedule.

Work on phase one involved the underside of the bridge and included structural concrete repairs, painting of structural steelwork and replacement of vital bearings.

The second phase of the major bridge maintenance project began on Monday, July 8th, 2019, with this work involving the removal and replacement of carriageway surfacing, concrete verges and concrete central reserves as well as safety barriers. The bridge deck was also waterproofed during phase two.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham, said:

“It’s great news that we have now finished this essential work ahead of schedule and I congratulate those involved.

“We chose the summer school holiday period to do the work as the daylight hours are longer and the weather is generally dryer at this time. The dry weather we had was crucial as some of the work needed to be done in dry conditions.

“Also, traffic volumes are generally lower at this time and it seems we were right to go for the summer holidays to carry out these repairs.”

During the bridge works, the section of the A474 between the A465 and the Neath Abbey Tesco store was run as single lane traffic 24 hours a day.

Cllr Latham added:

“We’d like to thank our residents for their patience for any delays caused when the phase two repairs were going ahead, but clearly, this was essential engineering work on a vital bridge near the centre of Neath.”