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Progress on work to fix damaged bridge barriers

By Aimee Jones | Mid Wales | Transport | Published:

Contractors are two weeks into major works to replace safety barriers on a bridge after they were damaged in a crash.

The road has been narrowed to allow work to be carried out safely

A section of the A5, between Halton and Gledrid roundabouts near Chirk, has been closed off to allow the repairs to be carried out safely.

Temporary barriers have been in place since June last year when a car, involved in a crash with a lorry, came perilously close to plunging hundreds of feet off the bridge into the River Ceiriog below.

Contractor the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent said the width of the road had been narrowed and there was also a 40mph limit in place.

There will also be three overnight road closures with traffic diverted through the town of Chirk from 8pm to 6pm, on Sunday February 18 and March 20.

Abnormal loads will need to be escorted across the bridge during the roadworks, which are expected to finish on March 21.

Work on the road

The work was due to be carried out last year but contractors were called to London following a spate of terror attacks to create barriers.

Last month, Welsh Assembly Highways minister Ken Skates pledged to look at improvements to the road and said work on the Halton roundabout should get under way next year to ease congestion.

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The road is also part of the trans-European highway connecting the ferry ports on the south coast with Holyhead and Dublin.

It carries one of the largest volumes of freight traffic of any road in Wales.

The Shropshire Star’s Dual-It campaign is calling for the section of road from north of Shrewsbury to the Gledrid roundabout to be turned into a dual carriageway.

Anyone wanting to sign our petition can do so here.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

News reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering North Shropshire, including Ellesmere, Whitchurch and Wem.

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