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One week until main Newtown to Kerry road closes

Created on 08/04/2018 @ 10:25
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Local residents, businesses and motorists are being reminded that the main A489 Newtown to Kerry road will be closed for two weeks from a week Monday.

The closure is expected to cause problems around the area as motorists seek alternative routes and some residents have already voiced concerns that lanes around the area will be used instead of the official diversion.

The road will close from Monday, 16 April and will be closed either side of Lower Brimmon Farm, near Newtown from Monday, 16 April to allow “complex alignment work” between the new bypass and the A489 Newtown to Kerry Road.

One resident from Llanmerewig told MyNewtown they were worried about traffic using the small lanes around the hamlet as "a rat run."

"We've had it before. Drivers turn off the main Newtown to Welshpool road to get up to Kerry instead of going through town. But it's a single lane and it often just becomes gridlocked," he said.

The Kerry to Abermule road through Hodley is also expected to be used as an "unofficial" route along with the Upper Dolfor road.

Contractors, Alun Griffiths, have said they will be working extended hours and weekends and are “confident that the measures will ensure that the works will be completed within the two week closure.”

“However, the work is dependent on good weather and subject to unknown ground conditions.”

Powys County Council said a number of alternatives had been considered instead of a closure.

Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Liam Fitzpatrick said: “The alignment work is complex and requires significant traffic management to make sure motorists and bypass construction workers are safe throughout the operation.

“A number of management operations were considered and the two week closure with a diversion, although frustrating and inconvenient, is judged to cause the least disruption.

“An infrastructure project the size of Newtown bypass was always likely to have an impact on the road network and we ask motorists for their patience. The alternative to the road closure would have been traffic lights for 12-weeks and a HGV ban.

“A public meeting has already been held in Kerry and local communities advised about the closure and the company is doing all it can to minimise the unavoidable disruption. We understand that the closure may inconvenience residents for a short time but the work is essential and will greatly benefit motorists in the future,” he added.

Photo: The A489 near Lower Brimmon Road (Google Street View)

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