Last Updated: 16/10/2017
Below, approaching the town from the east. The property left of centre will go, with an embankment leading to an overbridge crossing the Cambrian Railway line. On the right will be a traffic island, the existing road in the picture will disappear.
Below: The road to be no more looking east towards Welshpool. Barn will go.
So, here we go tracking the progress of the works.
Heading west, Welshpool Road..
On the right will be a traffic island, dwelling top left will disappear, with an embankment spiralling down to the island. The existing road as seen here will go, being replaced by a new road into the town. This will be first left off the island, crossing existing road as seen here and passing under a bridge carrying the new bypass road over on the left.
Looking towards the town coming from Welshpool, May 20th 2017. Island rising in height and road bed being laid.
Early June 2017
Below: Welshpool Rd island is starting to take shape, July 2017
Mid September 2017. Kerbstones being laid on the new Welshpool Rd Island..
Below, view looking west 15th Oct 2017. Note position of house and blue sign. Old road on the left now closed.
Note supports for Railway bridge and imagine the height of the embankment to be.
Below, Welshpool Rd Island (Looking east) open to traffic. A temporary road is in use, note kerbstones trending to the south, mid frame. This will be the final direction, up hill and over the railway bridge.
Below: Facing east, as was and Feb 2017
Below end of March 2017
Below: Route over Cambrian Railway being cleared.
Below: August 2017 and supports for railway overbridge starting. Compare with above, the bed of the new road is hidden by the earth mound. This is the main focus of the project at the moment according to the last Griffiths Project Bulletin.
Below: Scaffold erected for Railway bridge supports, mid September 2017.
October 2017. From temporary road, original in foreground.
Below, Railway bridge works at 15-10-2017
Below is a view across the new Welshpool Rd Island towards the Railway bridge to be.
THE DOLFOR ROADS SECTION
The A483 Dolfor Road is the road to Llandrindod Wells, below this is the middle road, and then below that the Lower Dolfor Road. This is an area of major works with overpass bridges crossing all three. I am grateful to a local resident for drawing my attention to the major works on upper Dolfor.
Below, looking down hill from roughly opposite Black Hall.
and further down the road, Dolfor Road Roundabout yet-to-be.
Below: Looking down from the A483 from a point just down hill of Griffiths compound
and April 2017
The hill is disappearing and the dingle beyond the gate has been infilled to new road level
Moving the mountain, may 2017. Plant at work opposite Black Hall, the Dolfor Island to be.
Middle and Upper Dolfor Bridgeworks
Below is a view west from the road to be immediately above Upper Dolfor Road, camera position is shown in insert by red arrow indicating direction, relate to the contractors plan. Immediately across the road beyond second barrier is a drop to Middle Dolfor Road, the Dolfor Road A 483 is beyond the hill. The top photograph of the Dolfor Road is taken at a point beyond the green trees, top left in this shot, the chimney pots are Black Hall.
When finished this will be quite impressive, but all a driver using the road will see is the road in front.
Please note position of the yellow crane before going to the next photo
and there is the yellow crane.
The scale of the operation can be appreciated from the still of the simulated drive through. The concrete pillar being constructed in the top picture on the centre left is the one seen on the left below. Upper Dolfor Road will pass over the new road, which will then pass over Middle Dolfor.
April 2017 and the spans are in at Upper Dolfor
Picture below of the work in hand, courtesy of a local resident. The spans were delivered in four sections on low loaders and came from Darlington. "We were very impressed by the drivers as they haven't cut up any of the ditches" says a local resident.
Below: Upper Dolfor August 2017, almost ready for surfacing and opening to traffic.
October 2017, the bridge is open to traffic.
and this is the view from Middle Dolfor below
and a support being built, Middle Dolfor April 2017
a fortnight later the centre support starts taking shape.
and on the other side bridge support taking shape. April 2017. Beyond this extends to the A483 and Black Hall.
Cranes at work, Early June 2017
Upper Dolfor Road. I was told by the driver that this can handle up to 200 tons, close in.
Below: State of works in July 2017
Below: These pictures below show the scale of the work on what in effect will be a fly-over for the very wide Middle Dolfor Road. Late August 2017.
October 2017. With the Upper Dolfor bridge open there is now opportunity to photograph the progress of the Middle Dolfor Flyover and the road looking towards Black Hall.
Below, crane at work 15-10-2017
Below: Leaving Newtown in the direction of Llanidloes, this is the view from the entrance to Glenhafren Hall.
As it was
The fabrications are the spans for the Glandulas overbridge. Beyond that there will be an underbrige. The section of existing road immediately in front of the camera will become defunct, being replaced by a new road as seen by new road bed in the picture which will form part of the new Llanidloes Road Roundabout.
October 2016, spans in position, below.
Llanidloes Road approaching from the west, May 2017 and the bank on the right has gone. Looking towards the island to be. That section of the existing road will go, as will my blue Skoda. LOL.
Below, mid September 2017 and the new section of road taking shape. From where the Skoda is parked in above picture.
A plan on display.