Local News & Archive — August 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm — Updated: August 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Blue Bridge repairs begin

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A seven-month project to strengthen the Foryd Bridge is underway.

Urgent repairs and refurbishment work will be carried out on the Grade II-listed blue bridge between Rhyl and Kinmel Bay until next March. The bridge will be closed for around three weeks from the end of October to allow for part of the eastern side to be completely replaced.

Denbighshire County Council say the main deck needs to be replaced, having been damaged over the years by corrosion while the bridge’s concrete reinforcements have been weakened by incoming seawater.

For now, the footpath along the bridge has been closed for safety reasons while an enclosure is set up to allow the project to begin – temporary traffic lights are already in place. Part of the work will see new foundations being built within the existing bridge substructure, which will be demolished and rebuilt in the Autumn.

The closure of the bridge is expected to last for around 23 days, but work will be carried out around the clock to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. More closures are due to take place in the New Year when new barriers are installed. Bus services passing over the bridge will be diverted via the nearby Pont y Ddraig bridge – with separate buses carrying passengers at either end.

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