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Two well-used roads closed for resurfacing next week

Two major roads in Bridgend County Borough will be closed for much of next week so that they can be resurfaced.

The B4181 Coychurch Road will be closed from its junction with Heol Simonston to the junction with Erw Hir (Longacre) in Brackla between 8am and 4pm from Tuesday 28 August to Sunday 2 September so that work can be carried out on the 1km stretch of road.

The top of the A4061 Bwlch mountain (from the cattle grid upwards) will also be closed for resurfacing between 8am and 4pm from Tuesday 28 August to Sunday 9 September.

Temporary diversions will be in place.

The work follows other resurfacing which has been completed by Bridgend County Borough Council in recent weeks on routes including the B4281 through Cefn Cribwr, Brocastle Avenue on the Waterton Industrial Estate and the Stormy Lane junction on the A48.

In total, over a dozen of Bridgend County Borough’s most well-used roads are being resurfaced ready for winter as part of a £1.5m highways upgrade. We’ve been awarded a £1.25m grant from Welsh Government to carry out the work and will also be contributing £250k ourselves.

Certain roads have been identified as needing resurfacing following technical surveys undertaken with radar or skid resistance testing equipment, condition surveys and assessments conducted by highways inspectors, as well as any concerns raised by the public and councillors regarding local streets.

Once we have re-surfaced a road it should last for 20 to 30 years without requiring any major repairs. The alternative is to patch and mend potholes on a reactive basis, which is double the cost of resurfacing. During this and the next financial year, a total of £4m will be spent on resurfacing local roads. A further £400k will also be spent on improving numerous footways throughout the county borough to address issues such as necessary repairs and drainage improvements. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary road closures, but hope that motorists appreciate the need to carry out this work.

Councillor Richard Young, the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities

The council puts up road signs approximately a fortnight before each scheme begins to advise motorists in advance, while residents living nearby are written to. All of the scheduled resurfacing work is dependent on numerous factors such as the weather.

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