Work on new £1m bridge at Rhandirmwyn progressing well

Works to build a new £1million bridge near the village of Rhandirmwyn in the Tywi Valley are progressing well.
The structure will replace the existing Galltybere Bridge, which has been subject to a three tonne weight restriction since 2008.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding made available through the Local Government Borrowing Initiative (LGBI).
The Galltybere Bridge was built in approximately 1925 and is the only means of access for a number of properties.
The new two span bridge is 45 metres in length and is being built downstream of the existing bridge which will remain open until it is completed.
The construction works began in August, and are being carried out on behalf of the council’s Street Scene section by TRJ (Betws) Limited.
Works are progressing well, with both abutments and central pier nearly complete. It is anticipated that the steel beams for the new deck will be installed early February and the reinforced concrete deck slab will proceed after this.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “The new bridge will be able to accommodate traffic up to 40 tonnes which is vital for rural communities such as this.
“This bridge replacement scheme has been needed for some time and fortunately with the aid of LGBI funding it has now been made possible.”
Local authorities can draw down a total of £170 million as part of the LGBI to fund capital highway projects over the next three years.
The Welsh Government will then provide revenue support to finance the cost of interest and capital repayments over a 22-year time frame.
The level of borrowing available to Carmarthenshire was £4.3 million last year, £4.1 million this year and £4 million in 2014/15.
The bridge has been designed by the council’s Engineering Design Services and is due to be completed in May.

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