Works to improve traffic flow and capacity on the busy A4119/A473 Talbot Green roundabout are set to take another step forward as works continue.
In order to carry out essential work the A4119 will need be closed to ALL traffic on Monday 6th March from 8pm until 6am the following morning (7th March) between the Talbot Green Retail Park roundabout and Corner Park Garage lights.
During the road closure a full traffic signed diversion will be in place which will use the A473, A4222 Cowbridge Road, B4264 Heol Miskin and the B4264 School Road.
Motorists are advised that this work is weather dependant and if high winds are forecast nearer to the time the works may need to be rescheduled.
It’s all part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £26.5m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme works to the busy roundabout began late September and are set to last until Summer 2017.
The multi-million-pound works will see almost £4m invested – the majority of which is from developer contributions – to improve capacity of the roundabout by increasing the number of entry lanes and using traffic signal control.
The Council’s contractor, Walters UK has carried out substantial earthworks over the last few months to raise the ground to the level of the existing carriageway in order to widen it.
Substantial works continue to be carried out to strengthen the bridge carrying the A4119 over the Afon Clun River, hence the road closure stated above.
As part of the wider bridge strengthening works a new pre-stressed concrete beam will need to be installed, which will require a large crane to be positioned on the highway between the roundabout and the bridge.
Once complete the works will result in a roundabout with additional traffic lanes that is fully traffic signal controlled and benefit from new highway drainage, street lighting, traffic signs and road markings. This will improve the capacity of this very busy section of the Council’s strategic highway network.
Motorists are reassured that whilst these works are likely to cause disruption, all measures are being taken to keep this to an absolute minimum, with any necessary full carriageway closures taking place during the night where possible.
The funding for this scheme has been allocated from the £26.5m investment scheme which is set to continue over the next three years and is part of the wider £200m RCTinvest programme.
This multi-million-pound project will see the Council invest significantly in key priority areas, including; Leisure Centres and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.
The Council’s £26.5m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) programme has already made a significant difference to highways across the County Borough, with well over 100 streets/roads tackled alongside major schemes and towns and village centres.
Future-proofing Rhondda Cynon Taf’s highways and structures has been a key priority for this Council since 2011 and over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructure over the last five years, which combined with the £26.5m for the next three years, brings the total investment to £79.5m in under a decade.