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Aberdare Bypass Closure

Aberdare Bypass has closed today (Friday March 26th) for work to begin on a massive £250,000 resurfacing scheme led by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

The major project, financed by the Heads of the Valley Fund, will totally resurface a 1.3km stretch of the A4059 as a matter of urgency

The Bypass is a major artery for motorists visiting the Cynon Valley and the improvements to the road will benefit residents and visitors alike.

It is inevitable that the works will cause delays and disruption to traffic in the Aberdare area and drivers are requested to use alternative routes where possible. In particular, through traffic could use the A465 and A470 if possible.

Guests attending tonight’s sell-out performance of the National Theatre of Wales at the Coliseum in Aberdare are urged to ensure they follow the correct diversionary route and leave plenty of time for their journey in order to arrive in time.

The extent of the resurfacing works takes place between the Depot Road roundabout at Tesco to the Harriet Street roundabout in Llwydcoed.

Motorists will be able to use a diversion route while the Bypass is closed for the works to go ahead.

Motorists are being reminded that a diversion route is available, however not all are adhering to this and are already causing some delays due to their actions.

From the north western side of the closure, they should proceed via Harriet Street and Windsor Street (B4276), B4275 to Gadlys Roundabout and A4233 to the south eastern side of the closure.

From the south eastern side of the closure the reverse of the above directions should be followed. Access will be maintained for emergency services vehicles.

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Aberdare Bypass will be closed from Friday March 26th 2010 to Thursday April 1st or until the works are complete.

Works have been necessitated by the severe deterioration in the condition of the road following the severe winter weather. Due to the requirement for warmer weather to lay the surfacing material, and to take advantage of the reduced traffic levels during the school holiday, this is the earliest opportunity that the works could be carried out.

In order to take full advantage of the drier weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday the old road surface needs to be removed on Friday so works have started a day earlier than would have been ideal.

Can believe how some people today brought the place to a stand still. Cars at the roundabout were blocking the way of others and traffic in side streets not giving way.

I guess the orad has to be done and its been in the Cynon Valley Liar (Leader) this week so why didnt people leave plenty of time to get by.

I heard one guy shouting in town he had been there an hour.

If it needs to be done, it needs to be done, people should make allowances, add time to their journeys and plan the routes they are using.

This morning was chaotic beyond belief!!!! It took me 30mins to get from Abercwmboi, by Aldi's to Adsa roundabout, because idiots were blocking the roundabout and blocking the flow of traffic around them.

It doesn't take much to look at the road ahead and make a judgement and act on it, but some idiots were just ploughing through without care or concerns for others and sitting on the roundabouts and junctions just waiting for the traffic ahead to move.

Because of this, once I was out the other side by Cwmbach there were tail backs in both directions for as far as the eye could see. The tail back to Mountain Ash, which was the direction I was heading had hit the New Hospital roundabout!!!!

When the same piece of road was altered for the expansion of Tescos about a year ago all the work was done at night. Then disruption was kept to a minimum

I asked about the night time working but apparently its different work than just resurfacing like they done by Tesco.

Spoke to one of the guys by Tesco and he said parts of the road had failed because of the cold weather and that if this work wasnt done the road would have to be closed on safety grounds.

Then we would have had real chaos!

I agree too that todays hold ups was down to bad driving by some - I and about 20 cars were held up by Llwycoed by one car at the roundabout who should have seen he couldnt go anywhere but that didnt stop him driving on to the roundabout though.

I agree with some of the comments here about people blocking the roandabouts. Unfortunately though there are so many cars in the valley now, and more to come with yet more housing being built around the place with no improvements to the transport infrastructure to cope with the extra, that we are are adopting London style driving techniques now, where if you don't push your way in you simply won't get anywhere! If you were to wait at the roandabout in these conditions until it is clear, you will still be there an hour later!

It was absolute chaos on Friday because of "The School Run" Today there was no problem, the works should never have started in term time.

I bet RCT were banking on inset days for the last day of term so started Friday.

Aberdare Bypass Progress Report 29 March 2010

A £250,000 highways investment scheme to resurface Aberdare Bypass is making good progress as Council staff work tirelessly to try and reduce the impact its temporary closure is having on motorists.

The major project, financed by the Heads of the Valley Fund, will totally resurface a 1.3km stretch of the A4059 as a matter of urgency. The extent of the resurfacing works takes place between the Depot Road roundabout at Tesco to the Harriet Street roundabout in Llwydcoed.

In order to progress the works Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has no choice but to close the Bypass to resurface the carriageway which suffered serious damage during the recent adverse weather. The current state of the road was considered a significant danger and the work necessary to ensure the continued safety of its users.

Unfortunately the road cannot be resurfaced at night due to the type of harder-wearing road surface that is being used cannot be laid in the cold air.

South Wales Police continue to work closely with Rhondda Cynon Taf to minimise the effect the closures are having on traffic flows.

Wherever possible the Bypass has been opened at peak traffic times but as some of the work includes the removal of the base and surface layers in some areas it has not been possible to allow access every day.

In an effort to reduce the impact on motorists the traffic lights on the diversion route have been reprogrammed to give maximum time for the north / south traffic.

The scheme is progressing well although heavy rain has caused some disruption to the team. High quality resurfacing of the completed sections has been achieved and preparatory work continued elsewhere.

Advance notice of the work was given through the Council website, local press, advance signage and letters to residents.

Motorists are being reminded that a diversion route is available, however not all are adhering to this and are already causing some delays due to their actions.

From the north western side of the closure, they should proceed via Harriet Street and Windsor Street (B4276), B4275 to Gadlys Roundabout and A4233 to the south eastern side of the closure.

From the south eastern side of the closure the reverse of the above directions should be followed.

Residents should be reassured that access will be maintained for emergency services vehicles when necessary. It is anticipated that the Aberdare Bypass will remain closed until Thursday April 1st or until the works are completed.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Customer Care Cllr Andrew Morgan visited the works on the weekend. He explained: “Due to the requirement for warmer weather to lay the surfacing material, and to take advantage of the reduced traffic levels during the school holiday, this is the earliest opportunity that the works could be carried out.

“We realise that this has not been a popular decision with many motorists, but we are doing all in our power to alleviate the congestion caused by the closure.

“If we had not taken the decision to carry out the work during the Easter holidays, we may have been faced with a far longer and total closure of the road. As it is we are working tirelessly to alleviate the queues of traffic by allowing them through during peak times whenever possible”.

“The road itself was becoming a significant danger and we are carrying out these works with the safety of motorists themselves in mind. We hope they will remain patient with us as we strive to conclude the works later this week.”

Bloody hell looking at that photo I didnt realise how bad that by-pass was. At 60mph its lucky we aint had an acident.

Traffic was much better this evening as I think they have opened it again for the night.

RCT need to spend a lot more on the roads though - the cold weather has made things 10 times worse

so whats when we get another dose of bad weather?
should have one a tidy job in the fisrt place!!!!!!

Not sure what that last comment means??

This section of the road hasnt been done for over 20 years that I know of, it has been ok until the last year or so when I noticed potholes starting to appear. While in fairness to RCT they have filled them many more have appeared lately!!

I for one am glad they have done the work, ok the first day was horrendous but if they had to work then to make use of the wekend good weather I say fine as long as they keep it to that one day of bad delays. Since then I havent been held up more than 5 mins each day. Plus they are opening the road every evening which is a help!

The last lot of snow and cold weather that we had has damaged a large amount of roads in the cynon valley.... has anyone noticed how bad the road is running across the top of penywaun, its full of potholes and needs to be done asap. my parents patio in their garden was damaged and big chucks were taken out of the patio slabs they now have to re-do their whole garden and all because of the snow. I also have some danage to my garden wall as the breezeblocks are starting to crumble..... Mother nature has a lot to answer for lol

Has anyone noticed how bad the ride is on the newly re surfaced sections of the by pass ?
Having worked in the highways industry for 23 years I fear that most of this work will have to be re done as it is way below standard, also why have they suddenly stopped work?
Could it be RCT have said "leave it there we have seen enough" ??

I thought it was resurfaced to comply with regulations for a test track for 4X4”s

I thought the road was temporarily re-opened for the bank holiday weekend traffic, hence the road would not be complete right now.

Work is still on going until the end of this weekend coming up. At least with it open this weekend just gone, all the traffic heading for the West Coast for a bank holiday weekend would have been free flowing rather than ploughing through residential streets in high volumes.

I think they done the right thing in stopping work over last weekend, bank holiday traffic would have been awful through town and the B4275.

With good weather this week I gather they are hoping to have it finished, last week with tipping down rain and the snow (1st of bloody April and it snowed) I'm surprised they got any of it done.

Have to haven't been up Aberdare for a few days but Traffic was ok last week with hardly any hold ups.