North West Wales

Penrhyndeudraeth-Harlech bridge closes for cable work

Pont Briwet
Image caption The original bridge dates back to the 1860s

A bridge in Gwynedd is closing for about four weeks to allow electricity cables to be moved as part of a £19.5m project to build a new crossing.

The new bridge across the River Dwyryd in Gwynedd will provide a link between Penrhyndeudraeth and Harlech.

The structure will replace the current Pont Briwet wooden crossing, which was built in the 1860s.

During the two-year construction, a temporary bridge will carry traffic over the river estuary.

The new bridge will carry a single train track and two lanes of traffic, unlike the one lane on the old bridge.

The closure will close from later on Monday while Scottish Power carries out diversionary work before the current bridge is replaced.

A spokesman said if it was possible the bridge would open for short periods during the four weeks, and a "bridge open" sign will be put in place during these times.

European grants

Last month Gwynedd council said final plans are now being drawn up, and the crossing is expected to be completed by 2015.

The project is being run by the Welsh government and funded by £9m in European grants, along with investment from Network Rail, Gwynedd council, and the mid Wales transport consortium TraCC.

The construction company HOCHTIEF (UK) has been appointed to build the new bridge, alongside Gwynedd-based civil engineers Mulcair.

During the two-year construction, a temporary bridge will carry traffic over the river estuary.

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