Important improvements to the A55 between Abergwyngregyn interchange and Tai’r Meibion farm will go ahead after being given the green light by Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates.
The £25 million scheme between Junctions 12 and 13 will improve safety on this section of the route as well as reduce the risk of flooding.
Work includes upgrading the 2.2km stretch to present day standards, providing safer accesses onto the A55, an improved drainage system to ensure future resilience to flooding, new footways to improve pedestrian access to the local bus service and new wildlife pipes installed under the A55.
Active travel is an integral part of the scheme and a new walking and cycling route will be constructed parallel with the eastbound carriageway.
Resurfacing of the route with low noise surfacing will be extended past Abergwyngregyn helping to reduce road noise in this area.
The scheme is backed by £14.9m from the European Regional Development Fund.
Ken Skates said:
“The Abergwyngregyn – Tai’r Meibion scheme is yet another demonstration of the Welsh Government taking action to improve transport infrastructure in North Wales. We are investing heavily throughout the region and this project shows our commitment to improving and strengthening the A55.
“The scheme will be vital in ensuring a safer route for local and through traffic, reducing flood risk, building better pedestrian and cycling connections with communities and enhancing biodiversity.
“The next stage is to appoint a contractor with works planned to begin towards the end of this year. This construction phase will also result in local employment and workforce training opportunities providing a real boost to the area’s economy.
“Today’s announcement follows the go-ahead I gave recently for the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass and I am certain both schemes will deliver for businesses and communities in North West Wales whilst improving safety for road users and ensuring we have a modern transport network.”
Enabling work is due to begin in the Autumn including site clearance and widening an existing road, all of which will be done off the A55. Construction works on the A55 is programmed to begin in Spring 2019 for a period of 18 months. All four lanes on the A55 will be kept running under a speed restriction between 6am to 7pm in order to minimise any disruption.