Work is underway on a £1million renovation scheme to strengthen one of Pontypridd’s oldest and busiest road bridges.
The Victoria Bridge which crosses the River Taff next to Pontypridd’s iconic WilliamEdwardsBridge is undergoing essential strengthening work to ensure the long-term stability of the 148-year-old structure.
Victoria Bridge carries the A4223 over the river and is one of the main arterial routes that link Pontypridd and the RhonddaValleys to the A470.
The work will involve the demolition of the existing edge cantilevers that support the footway. The girders that extend through the deck will be cut back and new steel sections inserted before a new bridge deck and parapet will be installed.
From the evening of Saturday May 10th 2014 an alternative traffic route will be put in place to assist with the earliest completion of works.
A temporary one-way traffic system will be put in place over the bridge from the junction of Bridge Street and Sion Street travelling west across to Pontypridd town centre. This will allow traffic arriving from the A470 to travel across the bridge into Pontypridd town centre as normal. This system will be in place for 27 weeks or until the works are completed.
Motor vehicles wishing to travel eastbound across the bridge from Pontypridd towards the A470 will be diverted along the Broadway towards Treforest and the Brown Lenox (Sainsburys) roundabout.
Any vehicles travelling along Gelliwastad Road and Morgan Road will be diverted into Taff Street and back along Crossbrook Street. The “no right turn” into lower Taff Street will be relaxed throughout the duration of the work.
In order to implement the works there will be occasions where full overnight and weekend closures of Victoria Bridge will be necessary and these will be advertised in advance.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project and the emergency services have been consulted and agreed with the proposals.
The Council regrets any disruption arising from these works which are critical to maintaining the structural integrity of one of the key gateways to Pontypridd.
Funding for the project is being made available by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Highways Investment Project. The work is designed by the Council’s consultant Capita Property and Infrastructure and is being constructed by contractor Alun Griffiths Contractors (Wales).