Targeted repair programme for large bridge structure in Ystrad

Written by on 12th January 2024

Work will soon begin to deliver a significant repair and improvement scheme to Bodringallt Bridge, which carries the A4058 in Ystrad. Minimal disruption to the main road or the wider community is expected during the work.

The scheme will infill the void beneath the bridge, ensuring the bridge deck no longer functions as a structural element. Additional improvements will reprofile the embankment slope, install a highway drainage system, repaint the metal parapet and remove vegetation. The masonry approach wall and wing walls will be repointed, while the western approach wall will be demolished/rebuilt.

Work will begin from Monday, January 15, lasting around 12 weeks in total. The Council has appointed contractor Centregreat Ltd to deliver this scheme, which is funded via the Highways and Transportation Capital Programme.

The bridge carries A4058 William Street, however, no lane or road closure is anticipated to be needed – but lane narrowing is likely to be used to ensure safety. The bus stop at Sandy Bank Road will be temporarily moved for some elements of the work, and bus users should follow the relevant signage.

Councillor Andrew Morgan OBE, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Investment, said:

“Upcoming work to Bodringallt Bridge is designed to protect its bridge deck into the future – while a series of additional repairs to the structure will also be delivered. It’s important to note that the work can be carried out without a scheduled road or lane closure on the A4058, in order to minimise disruption to the community.

“This scheme in Ystrad is the latest to be delivered via the Council’s ongoing Highways Capital Programme, which has again earmarked major investment to repair and maintain key structures – with the Council responsible for more than 1,500 walls, culverts and bridges supporting the County Borough road network. Additional funding of £2.5m in this area was agreed by Cabinet in September 2023, adding to the allocation of £7.9m already made for 2023/24.

“This Council funding for structures is separate to the significant programme of Storm Dennis repairs being wholly funded by Welsh Government this financial year – including some major projects such as the Castle Inn Bridge in Treforest, White Bridge in Pontypridd and Tynybryn Footbridge in Tonyrefail.

“I’d like to thank residents and road users in advance for their cooperation during the upcoming work to Bodringallt Bridge. The road will be narrowed to safely accommodate the scheme, while temporary arrangements for a nearby bus stop will be needed at times. Officers will work closely with the contractor to progress this scheme as efficiently as possible in the weeks ahead.”

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