WORK has started to strengthen and refurbish Rhyl’s grade II listed blue bridge.
The work to Rhyl’s Foryd Bridge, which carries the A548 over the River Clwyd, is expected to take around 30 weeks and will involved a “complete road closure” for more than 20 days during October and November.
Denbighshire Council's Highways and Environmental Services team plan to construct a temporary enclosure for the major works to proceed and temporary traffic lights will be in place, starting from next Monday, for around three weeks.
A Denbighshire County Council spokesperson said: “Works should be completed by March 2015. Other works will be required such as building new foundations, beneath and within the existing bridge abutment, ahead of its demolition and rebuilding in October/November, which will require a complete road closure for 23 days.
“For the three week period near the end of the of October, the road will need to be closed completely.”
During the closure, the Council have said that work will be carried out “24-hours per day” to keep the closure to a minimum.
Further road closures have been planned after Christmas to install the bridge parapet (barriers).
The spokesperson added: “During the Summer, footway closures will be necessary for safety reasons.
“Pont Y Ddraig will provide a temporary diversion for bus services which would have normally passed over Foryd Bridge whilst the road is closed and buses will drop passengers on one side of the bridge and another bus will collect them from the other side.”
A spokesperson from Arriva Buses Wales, added: “ The depot is currently looking at diversion routes for the bridge closure.”