The £90m Church Village Bypass in South Wales is the largest single highways project undertaken by any local authority in the UK.
Capita provided project management, CDM coordination and geotechnical advisory services on the 7km scheme which was led by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council through a Welsh Assembly Transport
The single carriageway scheme provides traffic relief for the heavily congested A473 which passes through the communities of Church Village, Ton-teg and Llantwit Fardre. The reduction in traffic will lead to road safety, noise and vibration and air quality environmental benefits for local residents and businesses.
The scheme comprises four roundabouts, a traffic signal controlled junction and around 3km of side roads which provide links to the existing road network and the communities. Structures consist of two road bridges, three footbridges, a pedestrian underpass and two cattle creeps together with a number of major culverts. To reduce health and safety risk and to simplify and speed up construction the road bridges were constructed using precast concrete arches while the culverts and cattle creeps were constructed using steel arch designs.
Particular attention was paid to reducing the visual impact of the bypass through the use of bunding and extensive planting of around 117,000 trees. This reduces the effects of traffic noise on the community which is further supplemented by selective use of noise barriers.
A pedestrian and cycle community route has also been provided along the whole length of the scheme. This links into communities along the route providing a safe, sustainable alternative form of transport.
A total of 1,400,000 working man hours were undertaken on the project without any reportable accidents.
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