Works are set to begin to improve flooding defences along the A4059 as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructures and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme.
The works which will see £85,000 invested along the bends referred to locally as “Letty Turner’s bends” aims to address several areas that has been prone to surface water flooding for many years.
Works are set to begin this week and are estimated to last 6 weeks, but are weather dependent. It is anticipated that following these essential works the frequency of flooding in the area will be greatly reduced and inlet conditions will be improved.
Whilst the works are being carried out traffic management will be in place via two-way traffic signals to bring traffic down to one lane. These will be in place Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4pm and removed during heavy traffic flow to keep disruption to an absolute minimum along this busy stretch of highway.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, who is also Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
"The Council and its Cabinet has recognised the concerns expressed by the public and the importance of investing in our key priorities, that is why we have allocated £200m over the next three years to improve areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.
“Myself and my Cabinet wholeheartedly agree that improvements to our highways and structures continue to be a key priority when it comes to allocating our financial resources.
“We will be investing over £23m in Highways Improvements, Infrastructure, and Strategic Projects over the next three years – this is on top of the £53m we have already invested since 2011 meaning that by 2018/19 we will have invested over £76m in these key areas in less than a decade.
“The latest planned schemes demonstrate the Council’s commitment to investing in the Highways and Transport Infrastructure across the County Borough.
“First and foremost, £0.5m of this money has been allocated solely to tackle pot holes, which is in addition to the £0.8m revenue that is already allocated as part of the biggest investment in road repairs in over a decade – that’s a total of £1.3m to tackle pot holes alone during 2016/17.
“Repairing pot holes is as much of a priority for the Council as it is for its residents and we will be sending out dedicated teams to all areas of the County Borough to address the problem as quickly as possible.
“The remaining funds have been allocated to tackle Highways Improvements, (including drainage, footways, fencing/barriers and town and village centre regeneration), Structures, Transportation (including metro), Making Better Use and Flooding and drainage schemes.”
The funding for this essential project has been allocated from the £23m investment scheme which is set to run over the next three years and is part of the wider £200m RCTinvest scheme. This multi-million-pound project sees the Council allocate significant funds to its key priority areas, including; Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.
Over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructures and on Strategic Projects since 2011.
The HTISP Investment scheme will see a number of streets, roads, towns and villages right across the County Borough benefit as work is now ploughing ahead to tackle key areas.
This work demonstrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike.
The targeted works are likely to cause some minor disruptions to those in their immediate vicinity. The Council would like to urge residents to continue to support us whilst these essential works are carried out as it is for their longer term benefit.