Construction of the Most Incredible Active Travel Bridge You Won’t Believe Is Happening, Started on 13 November 2023!
Prepare to have your mind blown by the latest news coming out of Newtown! The construction of the most stunning cycle and pedestrian active travel bridge is underway, and it’s already shaping up to be a marvel of architectural genius.
Confirmed by the esteemed Powys County Council, this groundbreaking project has been a long time in the making. Thanks to the generous funding from the Welsh Government and the support of Transport for Wales, this dream is finally becoming a reality.
Imagine a steel, single span, open arch structure that will stretch an impressive 53 meters across the breathtaking River Severn. This magnificent bridge will connect the riverside path on the west of the river to Pool Road on the east, creating a seamless link between these two vibrant communities.
While some aspects of the bridge have been carefully crafted offsite in contractor premises based in Wrexham and Mold, much of the groundworks have been progressing on-site. The dedicated construction team has been diligently clearing and excavating, as well as constructing the bridge foundations and temporary supports to facilitate the bridge assembly.
Excitingly, the next stages of this extraordinary project are about to commence. Sections of the bridge structure will be delivered to the awe-inspiring Kirkhamsfield Depot, where they will be meticulously assembled to form the complete bridge structure. Additionally, the piling for foundations and the construction of abutments on each side of the river are nearing completion.
If everything goes according to plan and Mother Nature cooperates, the construction wizards from JN Bentley, the firm responsible for this phenomenal bridge, anticipate lifting the complete structure into place by crane before the end of January. And the best part? The bridge is expected to be fully complete and accessible to the public by Spring 2024, just in time to marvel at the wonders of nature.
Cllr Jackie Charlton, the visionary Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, couldn’t contain her excitement about this groundbreaking project. She shared, “This bridge will create a safe active travel link between the communities, businesses, and amenities on each side of the river and will make such a difference to those living in the local area.”
But that’s not all. This project is part of a larger network of active travel routes throughout the county, making it easier for the people of Newtown to embark on short journeys, such as commuting to work, getting to school, or simply visiting the local shops, all without the need for a car. It’s a game-changer that will revolutionize the way people move and connect with their surroundings.
Of course, with any construction project of this magnitude, there will be some disruptions to the local area. The Powys County Council sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused and graciously thanks the local community for their patience and understanding. Rest assured, every effort is being made to expedite the bridge’s completion while ensuring the highest standards of safety and craftsmanship.
As we eagerly anticipate the grand unveiling of this architectural masterpiece, we can’t help but be in awe of the photos that have emerged of the bridge sections being delivered to the Kirkhamsfield Depot. Already fabricated and exquisitely painted, these sections will now be skillfully assembled on-site, adding to the anticipation and wonder surrounding this remarkable project.
So mark your calendars and get ready to witness history in the making. Newtown’s new active travel bridge is set to become an iconic landmark, an ode to human ingenuity and a testament to the power of dreams turning into reality. Stay tuned for more updates as this extraordinary project continues to unfold.