Proposals for Dyfi Bridge go on display

The Welsh government has outlined proposals for the new £24m Dyfi Bridge.

The new bridge will improve capacity and resilience on the A487, improving safety and journey times on the road which is an important link between North and South Wales.

The proposed scheme consists of a new viaduct structure which will cross the River Dyfi upstream of the existing bridge near Machynlleth. The current crossing is narrow and regularly closed by floods or damage by vehicles causing long diversion routes and disruption.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: “The A487 is an important part of the Welsh north-south and east-west trunk road network. However the current Dyfi Bridge creates a pinch-point on this important road. This new bridge will greatly improve safety, journey times and network resilience, while enabling the historic Grade II* listed original bridge to remain in place.”

Members of the public were invited to view the initial proposals at an exhibition at Y Plas, Machynlleth on 7 October.

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As much as a new bridge might help solve the problem of lorries continually crashing into the wall, the idea that the Welsh Assembly is prepared to spend £24 million of our taxes on this project is ludicrous. In light of all the cutbacks to schools, libraries, social services, recycling – how can they justify the expense at this time. They have really got it wrong on this occasion.