Two months of A483 delays as work starts
Motorists are set to face two months of tailbacks and traffic congestion on the main road running through Powys.
Work has begun on the A483 north of Abermule, to strengthen the 120 year old Glan Hafren Bridge.
The work began on Monday, with the Canal and River Trust refurbishing the bridge to ensure it remains safe to use and its heritage value is maintained.
Traffic lights have been installed for the works and will be in place 24 hours a day.
David Jones of the North and Mid Wales trunk Road Agency said: "A lane closure under temporary traffic light control is required on the A483 to allow space for a construction plant to demolish and re-build the existing bridge deck, and to allow residents safe access to their homes whilst the works are being carried out.
“These temporary traffic lights will be up 24 hours a day but will be under manual control during peak times from 7am to 9am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm, to help manage the build-up of queues.
“However some delay in journey time between Newtown and Welshpool is inevitable.
"The traffic lights will be removed ahead of Easter weekend but will go up again after.”
Work to the grade two listed bridge will see the existing stone and timber deck removed and replaced by a concrete deck with new steel beams.
Brick parapets will be refurbished and the ironwork will be cleaned and re-painted, and work will be complete in mid April.