A major revamp of the A55 at Abergwyngregyn will start next month.
£29 million will be spent on the scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding and traffic noise between junctions 12 and 13 (Tai’r Meibion – Aber). The project was given the go ahead in July 2018.
The Welsh Government says the revamp is part of an ”unprecedented” £1 billion package aimed at improving transport links across the North in the next ten years.
But speaking ahead of a visit to the region on Thursday, the North Wales Minister, Ken Skates, called on the UK Government to match its investment.
Mr Skates, also Transport Minister said: ”It is high time that the North Wales coast line, for example, receives the attention and investment it deserves and is electrified.”
”To deliver a truly integrated and multi-modal transport infrastructure for North Wales, we are investing across the board in the areas we have responsibility for, including new services and routes for our trains, responsive bus trials and road schemes to ease congestion and improve access for public transport.”
The Abergwyngregyn scheme, which will take around 18 months to complete, will improve safety by removing direct access off the A55 and eight gaps in the central reservation, which currently allows slow moving agricultural vehicles to cross the dual carriagway.
Instead, there’ll be a combined 1.3km access road and ‘active travel route’, with an improved drainage system on top of work carried out in the area three years ago.
Most of the work will be completed off the A55 to minimise disruption. Roadworks will be put in place in the autumn – with four lanes of traffic staying open during the daytime.
It’s hoped the project will be completed by the autumn of 2021.
Ken Skates added: ”This scheme will deliver real improvements to safety on this section of the A55 and provide further protection against flooding in the area, boosting the carriageway’s resilience against the threat of climate change.”
”These improvements are part of a wider programme of investments in transport across North Wales which we will see over the next few years, in order to improve resilience and provide an integrated transport infrastructure. ”
Mr Skates is also due to visit the site of the ongoing work to build the new £135 million Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass, which is due to be opened in two years time.