Just one of the many localised watercourse channel repairs

Work will begin to repair and reconstruct sections of the wall forming banks of the Ordinary Watercourse between Allen Street and Copley Street in Mountain Ash – which have sustained damage across several periods of heavy rainfall.

The Council has appointed EDS Marine & Civil Engineering Contractors to carry out the work, which will last approximately 10 weeks from Wednesday, January 19. The damaged section of watercourse runs through a series of open channels and culverted sections, before it joins with the River Cynon.

There are walls located on each side of the watercourse, made up of various forms of construction. The upcoming scheme will deliver remedial works at a number of locations, including concrete channel reconstruction where needed.

The Council’s contractor requires some localised road closures to deliver the scheme, but the traffic management and diversions are not expected to cause much overall disruption. Pedestrian and vehicle access to garages will be maintained at all times, with work areas clearly signposted and cordoned off.

The work will take place between 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, and the contractor will aim to minimise noise and general disruption locally. Residents will receive a letter from the contractor to introduce themselves and the work.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “The Council will soon begin work to deliver a significant repair scheme in the watercourse near Allen Street and Copley Street. Several sections of wall have been damaged in recent storms, and work over the next 10 weeks will carry our remedial work, including reconstruction where it is needed.

“Mountain Ash was one of the worst-hit areas in Storm Dennis, resulting in flooding and infrastructure damage at several locations. Targeted repair schemes have since been completed – including a culvert grille upgrade and river channel repairs at Campbell Terrace from November 2020, a flood alleviation scheme at Granville Terrace and retaining wall repairs at Allen Street in early 2021, and a new manhole at Campbell Terrace last summer.

“The latest scheme will begin from Wednesday, and the Council’s appointed contractor will be writing to residents to further explain the works. Localised road closures will be required, but the scheme has been designed to limit disruption to residents. I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation over the coming weeks, as we deliver these important repairs locally.”

Posted on 17/01/2022
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