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Work to resume on Castell Ifor Bridge repairs in Hopkinstown

The significant repair scheme to the Castell IforBridge in Hopkinstown is able to resume shortly –as work is now permitted within and above the river, adhering to seasonal restrictions.

Last year, the Council started important repairs tothe bridge, which supports Ford Road off the A4058. The scheme will replace the weak bridge deck with a new reinforced concrete deck – along with further future-proofing measures. Due toincreased river levels brought by heavy rain last summer, temporary scaffolding below the bridge was damaged, delaying the scheme.

As a result, work was suspended as it would not be completed, as intended, by mid-October – whenNatural Resources Wales’ restrictions on working within or above the river begin, due to ecological and flood prevention reasons. Ford Road has remained closed throughout the entire scheme.

Works are now able to resume in the week commencing Monday, May 18. The site compound will be re-established at Pwllgwaun Park, along with traffic management at A4058 Hopkinstown Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained, with routes for motorists and pedestrians re-arranged and clearly indicated. Scaffolding work to the bridge is expected to start in the following week, May 25.

The Council’s contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will observe industry-related social distancing practices. If certain tasks cannot be completed while maintaining social distancing, protective measures will be implemented to protect theworkers. The scheme is due for completion later this year.

The Council would like to thank residents and road users for their continued patience and cooperation in relation to this scheme.