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Hochtief poised to start work on £20M Welsh viaduct

Contractor Hochtief is this week preparing to begin work on the £20M Pont Briwet viaduct in North Wales for client Network Rail.

Work on the single track road and rail bridge will begin in May and will upgrade the wooden bridge, widening the public highway from one to two lanes and raising the speed limit from 30kph to 65kph.

Design work, ground investigation and environmental surveys were provided by Network Rail and Gwynedd Council.

 “Discussions relating to Pont Briwet bridge have been ongoing for some time and I am delighted that it can now finally proceed,” said Network Rail Wales route managing director Mark Langman.

“This will be a major boost for the area, and will undoubtedly have positive impacts for rail and bus passengers with shorter journey times as well as drivers of larger or heavier vehicles who will be able to take advantage of a far more direct route across the river.”

Work is due to  be completed in February 2015.

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