2006 November


The following has been received from the Welsh Tourist Board:

Rock Blasts Will Make A5 Safe

Massive rock excavations to make safe and re-open permanently the new A 5 route at Ty Nant will begin next month.

A series of blasting operations over the next few months will enable contractors to remove some 250,000 tonnes of rock towering over part of the route between Corwen and Cerrigydrudion - and prevent the rock-fall hazard which led to the closure of the new road.

The re-opened section of the old A5 road currently serving as an alternative route will need to be briefly and temporarily closed on a regular basis during the blasts to avoid any possible risk to the road users.

The closure periods will be kept to the absolute minimum required to enable the contractors to check the blast zone prior to and after each blast and will last no more than 30 minutes.

It is currently planned to close the re-opened route for blasting for 30 minute periods at 2 p.m. each day on Monday to Friday each week beginning in the week commencing November 6th. The target is to complete the blasting operations by Easter next year. Completion of the works and the reopening of the new A5 section is anticipated in late spring.

Before the start of blasting operations, the Assembly Government intends to stage a presentation at Ysgol Dinmael to give local communities and businesses the fullest details of what will be entailed. The precise date and time of the presentation will be announced shortly.


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