New bridge for main route from North to West Wales

THE proposed Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth, has been given the go ahead by the Welsh Government.

The £46m scheme will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding, as well as improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development.

The scheme will include traffic calming and improved drainage on the A493 immediately north of the bridge to protect the existing cottages, and there will be a flood bund constructed to protect the Dyfi Eco Park from river flooding.

The removal of large scale traffic from the 19th century bridge and provision of a walking and cycle path will improve active travel opportunities increasing the attraction of Machynlleth and surrounding area as a tourist destination.

Ken Skates, Minister for the economy and transport, said: “The A487 is a key route between North and South Wales linking Gwynedd, Powys, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. It is also an important local route providing access to the amenities and services of Machynlleth.

The next stage will include detailed design works and further ground investigation work. Construction could begin in Summer 2020, subject to the statutory process, with completion by Summer 2022.

Source: Allan George at North Wales Chronicle