Griffiths get green light for construction works to start at new Dyfi Bridge
Earlier today, Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates announced construction of the £46m new Dyfi Bridge can commence in March.
Griffiths have successfully progressed the scheme through the Early Contractor Involvement stage, having been awarded the contract back in 2015.
The project, located on the A487 near Machynlleth, will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding. Once completed, the project will also improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development in mid-Wales.
Works consist of a new viaduct across the floodplain and a new river bridge across the Afon Dyfi, approximately 480m upstream of the existing masonry-arch bridge. The current 19th century bridge is frequently closed due to flooding, an occurrence which is likely to increase with the impact of climate change.
Closures on this section of the A487 can impact on the community’s ability to access key services such as healthcare, education and public transport in Machynlleth and beyond. The new bridge will provide a safe and reliable route between communities.
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.
Works will also include traffic calming and improved drainage on the A493 immediately north of the bridge to protect the existing cottages. A flood bund will also be constructed to protect the Dyfi Eco Park from river flooding.
Transport Minister Ken Skates said: “I am pleased to be able to announce that construction will begin next month on this much needed scheme. As well as being a key route between North and South Wales, the A487 is an important link between communities locally. All too often these communities can find themselves isolated because of flooding at Dyfi Bridge and this must be addressed.
“The new bridge will also make public transport more reliable, allowing people to access important services in Machynlleth and further afield. The existing listed 19th century stone bridge will continue to be an important asset for the area as an active travel route in the beautiful Dyfi valley benefiting locals and visitors alike.
“This vital infrastructure will also complement the work the Welsh Government is doing to support the mid-Wales Growth Deal to develop new economic opportunities in this important part of Wales.”
Griffiths’ Executive Director Martyn Evans said: “We are delighted to be working with Welsh Government to deliver these important improvements to the A487, making the route more resilient and reliable during flooding events. The new viaduct across the Dyfi Valley will also help to preserve the long-term integrity of the existing Dyfi Bridge, which is a Grade II Scheduled Ancient Monument.
“Before works commence in March, we will be undertaking significant community engagement, explaining our plans and detailing how we will be minimising disruption to the local community. We’re also looking forward to embedding the seven Well-being Goals of the Future Generations Act into our operations – ensuring local people, now and in the future, benefit from the project.”