Heads of the Valleys Bridgework Begins

We’ve been in South Wales delivering a 160 Tonne footbridge as part of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Improvement Project.

Delivering the Heads of the Valleys Project

The bridge, manufactured by specialist steelwork fabricators Britons Ltd, stretched to 54 metres long and required a 6 axle double bogie combination with power boost from the Collett fleet to ensure suitable manoeuvrability on site.

Collecting from a lay down area, the Collett team self-loaded the lengthy cargo for the short movement on site to the bridge’s final positioning. With this operation taking place in a closed section of the A465 no special orders or permits would be required and after loading and transporting on site, the cargo was safely positioned alongside its final location where an awaiting mobile crane was already in place to unload the bridge and safely lift to its destination.

The installation of the footbridge forms part of the A465 Improvement Project. The £220m road dualling project is upgrading the 8.1km route between Gilwern and Brynmawr which is scheduled for completion in 2018. This in turn is part of the larger project to improve the 40km length of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Abergavenny and Hirwaun in South Wales.

The installation of the new footbridge will provide a safer cycling crossing over the new dual carriageway.

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