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Expect motoring delays from Monday

Created on 24/02/2018 @ 07:58
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Expect road delays for the next two months if you’re travelling between Newtown and Welshpool.

Work will start on Monday to refurbish an historic bridge on the Montgomery Canal along the A483 turn road near Abermule.

It will mean temporary traffic lights until work is completed in mid-April.

The Canal and River Trust are carrying out strengthening and refurbishment works to Bridge 143, Glan Hafren Bridge which crosses the canal off the A483 and links to some properties.

“The bridge deck is over 120 years old and has deteriorated over time. These works will ensure the bridge remains safe to use and its heritage value is maintained,” said David Jones of the North and Mid Wales trunk Road Agency.

“A lane closure under temporary traffic light control is required on the A483 to allow space for construction plant to demolish and re-build the existing bridge deck, and to allow residents safe access to their homes whilst the works are being carried out.

These temporary traffic lights will be up 24hrs/day but will be under manual control during peak times - 7am to 9am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm  – to help manage the build-up of queues.

“However some delay in journey time between Newtown and Welshpool is inevitable.  The traffic lights will be removed ahead of Easter weekend but will go up again after.”

The renovation work will see the existing stone and timber deck of the bridge being removed and replaced by a concrete deck with new steel beams. The brick parapets will be refurbished, and all ironwork cleaned and re-painted.

The site lies within an environmentally sensitive area, with European Protected Species Luronium Natans (commonly known as Floating Water Plantain) present within the canal. The bridge will be encapsulated to prevent harm to the surrounding area.

The bridge is Grade II listed.

A lightweight bridge deck has been designed to allow the existing abutments and cast-iron beams to be retained, maintaining the bridge’s heritage value.

The work starts at the same time as work begins in Newtown town centre on re-surfacing town centre main streets from tomorrow (Sunday) and then the installation of new pedestrian crossings in Back Lane throughout the next week.

Photo: Glan Hafren Bridge alongside the A483 trunk road near Abermule (Google Street View)

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