New £20 million Pont Briwet Bridge officially opens.

16 07 2015

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Following over two years of construction, the new Pont Briwet Bridge in Meirionnydd, Snowdonia in North Wales opened on Monday 13th July. The new bridge provides a vital road and rail link to the community.

The closure of the original 150 year old bridge had meant that the residents had to travel an additional 16 miles diversion. A convoy system was used to facilitate traffic on the A469 between Penrhyndeudraeth and Llandecwyn as the road is so narrow.

The new bridge, which includes a dedicated cycle track linked to the National Cycle Network, has cost £20 million with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Network Rail, the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council.

The railway bridge section was opened in September last year and the vehicular bridge was due to be opened six months ago but technical problems meant it had to be delayed.

The road was officially opened by local school children Sion Owen Lloyd-Morris from Penrhyndeudraeth and Sioned Evans from Talsarnau schools who cut the ribbon.

As a member of the design team, The Stilwell Partnership provided all highways and drainage civil engineering design of the approach roads to the bridge including adjacent junction improvements. The civil engineering design included production of Construction Drawings and Specification for Highway Works. The project also presented significant challenges of coordination and therefore utilised Building Information Management (BIM) procedures to ensure an efficient design and construction process.

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