New bridge to strengthen key route between the north and south of Wales
Plans to build a new bridge on a key route between the north and south of Wales which frequently floods have been given the green light by the Welsh Government.
The A487 trunk road runs from the north of Pembrokeshire to Caernarfon and is the busiest north-south road in Wales.
But the 19th century stone narrow Dyfi bridge outside Machynlleth floods so often at that a Facebook group has been set up to let people know whether it is open or closed.
The new development will be raised above the Dyfi valley floodplain and cross Afon Dyfi approximately 480 metres upstream of the existing bridge.
The scheme will also include a flood bund constructed to improve drainage and protect the Dyfi Eco Park near Machynlleth from river flooding.
Construction could begin this summer, and the aim is to complete the bridge by summer 2022.
Transport Minister Ken Skates said the A487 was a “key route” and the bridge would follow on from work done to build the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass.
“With climate change increasing the risk of flooding it’s important that we provide protection for homes and businesses and this scheme will contribute to both,” he said.
“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.
“Tourism is important for the Dyfi Valley and the removal of heavy traffic from the existing listed stone bridge allows for more walking and cycling opportunities which will be excellent not only for local people but for tourists too.”
The new bridge was part of the 2014 budget agreement between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government.
“I’m glad a new Dyfi bridge has finally been given the green light following our successful campaign,” Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds said.
“This is an important project that will bring huge benefits to communities across mid Wales.
“The new Dyfi bridge will better connect north, mid and south Wales whilst improving road safety, helping prevent flooding and boosting active travel in the Machynlleth area.
“This is another example of Welsh Liberal Democrats standing up for Mid Wales and highlights our record of championing investment in our rural communities.”