Bridge demolition will be a noisy job
RESIDENTS have been warned of noisy work to demolish a bridge in Port Talbot.
But so far the contractor had said it has had no complaints.
Costain, which is behind the town's £107 million Harbour Way dual carriageway, is currently tearing down Cefn Gwrgan Bridge.
The bridge over the mainline railway is being demolished to make way for a new section of the road.
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Work on demolishing the bridge began on the weekend during the evening and early hours and the dismantling of the structure will now take place in the coming weeks.
A temporary access road has been constructed over the railway line allowing vehicles entering the steelworks onto a section of the newly completed dual carriageway through land previously owned by Tata.
It means employees and visitors now use the new main entrance which has been built as part of the scheme.
Costain's community relations assistant Hannah Lewis said they had been doing all they could to keep residents in the loop about the construction work.
"The residents living in the street backing onto the site have been informed of the works and the possible increase in noise," she said.
"We've been working on the bridge for the past three weeks and residents have said they've not noticed that much of an increase in noise to date.
"We held a public consultation with them back in July, outlining the works schedule and have been delivering information letters too."
Margam councillor Rob Jones thanked Costain for its openness with the community.
"I have had a couple of site visits with Costain looking at the progress of the PDR," he said. "They have kept local members informed and have done everything feasible to tell everyone about the demolition.
"They have been up front, have said that it is going to be noisy and have said what they need to do."
He said that along with Taibach councillor John Rogers he attended a public meeting held in the summer.
"There was a presentation and a handout with all the dates was given out," he said.
"Four hundred houses were leafleted about the meeting. Everyone in the area has been informed by letter or public notice about what is happening."
The Harbour Way Project is now in its third year and is on track for completion in September, 2013.
The multi-million peripheral distributor road, which has been funded by the Assembly, will provide a 4.8k link to the M4 at junction 38 into Port Talbot and the docks.
It is hoped the road will help with traffic problems on the M4, and be an attractive gateway to the town, as well as open up new development opportunities.
Visit www.harbourway project.com.