One of Pontypridd’s oldest and busiest road bridges will be closed this weekend as a £1million renovation scheme continues.
The Victoria Bridge will be closed from 7pm on Saturday July 26th to 6am on Monday July 28th. A second full weekend closure is also planned from 7pm on Saturday August 9th to 6am on Monday August 11th.
The full closures are necessary as Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s contractors remove girders and install new steelwork in the footway.
During the closure all vehicles will be diverted via Gelliwastad Road and the Broadway to the Brown Lenox (Sainsburys) roundabout (and vice versa).
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project and the emergency services have been consulted and agreed with the proposals.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Chair of the Cabinet Cllr Andrew Morgan said, “The poor condition of this busy road bridge means that the strengthening project is of the utmost importance and warrants the spending of such a large capital sum.
“This is one of the busiest roads in the County Borough as it links Pontypridd and the Rhondda Valleys to the A470 and we realise the inconvenience the works will cause. However, we will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum in an effort to reduce the impact on motorists throughout the duration of works.
“We would like to thank residents and visitors to the area for their cooperation with us in the months ahead as this critical work is carried out.”
Temporary support systems have been constructed in the River Taff to support sections of the bridge during demolition of the existing edge cantilevers that support the footways.
Following demolition, the girders that extend through the deck will be cut back and new steel sections inserted before a new bridge deck and parapet is installed.
A temporary one-way traffic system has been established over the bridge from the junction of Bridge Street and Sion Street for vehicles travelling west across to Pontypridd town centre. Vehicles wishing to travel east across the bridge are currently being diverted via Gelliwastad Road and the Broadway to the Brown Lenox (Sainsburys) roundabout. This system will be resumed after the weekend closures and will be in place until the works are completed.
Funding for the project is being made available by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Highways Investment Project. The scheme has been designed by the Council’s consultant Capita Property and Infrastructure and is being constructed by contractor Alun Griffiths Contractors (Wales).