NEW contracts are to be awarded to improve the condition and safety of three roads in Torfaen after rising costs.
Funding is expected to be allocated this week to improve the junction of George Street with the A4043, as well as for road surfacing work on a section of the A4051 Cwmbran Drive.
A new contract has also been awarded for work on Brook Street in Pontnewydd, Cwmbran which will bring the street up to passable standard, resulting in council taking over responsibility for maintenance.
The George Street Junction improvement project includes the replacement of existing traffic lights, the installation of two new controlled level crossings – one crossing the A4043 and the other crossing George Street – the widening of the roadway and improvement of sidewalks.
Following a tender for the works, a contract worth £224,212.31 is expected to be awarded by Torfaen Council, with the initial program estimated at £165,000.
The project is funded by the Welsh Government and is due to be completed by June, according to a council report.
Meanwhile, work on Cwmbran Drive will address poor skid resistance on a section between the roundabout at its junction with Grove Park and Pontrhydyrun Road, and the roundabout at its junction with Woodside Road and Maendy Way .
A council report says the section of road will have to be closed, with work only to take place on a Sunday to minimize disruption.
A contract worth £173,694.79 is expected to be awarded, which is higher than initially expected due to factors including rising material costs and the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on pricing.
“These issues are industry-wide and the impacts are visible in all the tenders that have been submitted for engineering work in recent weeks,” says a report from Torfaen council.
The Brook Street improvement works are to be carried out as part of a Welsh government bringing several roads not adopted in Wales up to standard, so that they can then be maintained by the council.
A contract worth £257,668.58 is expected to be awarded, with the Welsh government agreeing to pay an additional £100,000 on the basis that the project is completed by June.
Torfaen Council’s Head of Neighborhoods, Planning and Public Safety, Rachel Jowitt – in consultation with Executive Member for the Environment, Mandy Owen – approved the contract last week.
Contracts for works on George Street and Cwmbran Drive were recommended for approval this week.