Rhyl's Foryd Bridge to close for three weeks in October


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

RHYL'S Foryd Bridge is set to close for three weeks as part of six months of extensive refurbishment work.

Denbighshire Council's Highways and Environmental Services team is planning the next stage of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Blue Bridge which carries the A548 over the River Clwyd.

A total of 24 weeks of work is set to be carried out, starting in July, but any road closure will not occur until at least October and will be for a maximum of three weeks.

A Denbigshire Council spokesman said: "Recent work has included the replacement of bridge bearings and repairs and painting of the blue steel underside of the bridge.
"This year’s project is to strengthen the Rhyl side reinforced concrete abutment structure which has suffered significant deterioration since construction in 1932.

"The work is planned to start during the summer though it must be emphasised that there is no intention of introducing any traffic restrictions during the holiday season."

Following the planned closure in October there will be further disruption in terms of temporary traffic management until the construction work is completed before Christmas.

Pedestrians will be diverted over Pont Y Ddraig while traffic management is in place.

Cllr David Smith, Denbigshire's lead member for public realm, said: "We know there is likely to be significant inconvenience during any road closure, particularly on the Foryd Bridge, but these repairs are absolutely essential to ensure the bridge is structurally sound and its working life is safeguarded.

"The work will take place over 24 weeks the road closure will be in place for two weeks, a maximum of three weeks, in order to reduce the inconvenience to an absolute  minimum and we thank motorists and other bridge users for their patience in advance of the work.”

The plans are still in the very early stages and the council will be consulting with Rhyl Town Council and business groups in the coming weeks to ensure they are fully briefed on the scheme and the need for the work.

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