As we are now a week on from the unfortunate closure of Llanfair Bridge on Saturday 5th of March I thought it might be useful to look back and log the events so far, and then compare notes on a weekly basis here so that everyone can see what progress is being made to reopen the bridge to motor vehicles.
There is a due process which will be applied in any state financed repair project of this nature in broad terms involving structural assessment, environmental impact and fund management. Things inevitably become more complicated with listed structures such as our bridge however, with input then being sought from CADW to ensure appropriate procedures are employed.
This multi-departmental type of process is likely to be lengthy, so we await news on the likely commencement of works and their duration from the County Council, and this will most likely be communicated through our Community Council.
So, what has happened this week? Here are the most significant points so far:
Saturday 5th March
- The partial collapse of one of the relief arches was noticed and reported to the Highways Dept.
- The Highways Dept responded promptly with an initial assessment team.
- By 19:00 the bridge was closed to all traffic, barriers having been erected.
Monday 7th March
- A surveyor attended and recorded various aspects of the damage.
Thursday 10th March
- The bridge was deemed safe for pedestrian traffic and safety barriers were erected to protect people from the damaged area. Pedestrians were able to cross the bridge by 17:00.
So now we wait for more developments. I will report with any significant news during the course of the week, and then summarise those events in a week’s time. Let’s hope the news is good!