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Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016
Lodge Road Bridge, which spans the railway line to Cwmbran, will close to motorists from Thursday, 21 July for five weeks so that the essential bridge maintenance and repair work can be safely carried out.
Network Rail’s engineering ‘orange army’ began work on the steel road bridge in June. Work includes ‘grit blasting’ to remove the old paint so that steel work repairs can be carried out and the structure can be repainted.
Network Rail has worked closely with Newport City Council on an appropriate road diversion route to minimise disruption to the general public as much as possible. The adjacent footbridge will remain open to pedestrians throughout the duration of the upgrade works.
The road will reopen at the end of August and a single lane traffic management system will then be in operation so that the work can be completed safely. The road will reopen fully in the autumn.
Lois Park, for Network Rail Wales said : “We have aligned the road closure with the school holidays to minimise disruption but we understand closing the road for this length is not ideal and we thank the local community for bearing with us whilst we undertake this essential maintenance and upgrade work.”