Preparation is key!
Written by Gavin on 23rd December 2016
Thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £26.5m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects programme the highways across the County Borough are ready to face the challenge that Jack Frost could bring.
In recent years the County Borough highways were severely damaged by water seeping in to our roads, turning to ice during freezing conditions and creating pot holes in our highways.
Whilst it is impossible to treat every highways surface across the County Borough, one of the main aims of the investment programme is to protect and maintain our highways network from the effects caused by icy winter weather.
The investment scheme has sought to treat wider sections of roads, rather than “patch” potholes, maintaining the highways further and ensuring that it is sealed, ready for winter.
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 and Strategic Projects 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.
Key major projects this year have included
- works to Fiddlers Elbow bridge
- Mountain Ash Bridge
- Bridge Street roundabout
- Gyfeillion Bridge
- Rhigos Mountain Road resurfacing
- A4059 corridor works
- Nantgwyddion junction improvements
- Newbridge Road Llantrisant
- A4119 roundabout works
- Tonypandy bus station improvements
- Rhondda Fawr bus corridor enhancements
- East Street resurfacing
- Ystrad roundabout resurfacing.
Since the latest phase of the investment programme began the scheme has tackled over 100 streets/roads alongside the major schemes listed and towns and village centres right across the County Borough.
The investment forms part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s wider £200m RCTinvest programme, which is supporting key priority areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres, with investment.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, who also has responsibility for Highways, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said
“The Council remains committed to improving traffic flows and reducing congestion and delays for the thousands of residents, businesses and motorists that use our highways infrastructure on a daily basis.
“As a Council we recognise the importance of protecting and maintaining our highways and see our infrastructure as one of our biggest assets, making it a vital area for investment.
“Winter weather had severely affected our highways in the past and thanks to the level of investment we have made over the last five years we are now better placed to ensure that any damage caused is kept to a minimum and treated in a way that future proofs the longevity of our highways for future generations.
“One area that remains in great need of investment is our structures and myself and my Cabinet recently released an additional £3.5m to future-proof two vital structures in the County Borough – St Albans Bridge, Treherbert and Brook Street Footbridge, Ystrad.
“Investment is planned to continue over the next few years and we will continue to ensure that funding will be sourced to ensure that our vital highways and infrastructures remain a priority for this Council for decades to come, whatever the weather!”
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