Revealed: What third crossing over Strait could look like
THESE are the first glimpses of how a third crossing over the Menai Strait could look.
Four options were proposed last month for a new bridge linking Anglesey with the mainland, with a preferred route expected to be announced in the summer.
A consultation is considering options for different bridges, including extrados bridges, cablestayed bridges and balanced canti- lever bridges. The final decision will be made after considering fac- tors including its initial and ongoing maintenance costs.
The £3m design and development stage is part of a two-year budget agreed by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, and the new bridge, expected to cost around £200m to build, could be in place by 2022, according to the First Minister.
Multinational engineering firm, AECOM, has already been awarded a contract to deliver design services.
At present, the Britannia Bridge is the only section of the A55 that is not a dual carriageway and can be a significant traffic bottleneck – motorists routinely encounter delays of up to 15 minutes during peak times.
Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: “The third Menai crossing is an imperative part of our plans to improve capacity, reliability and journey times as well as strengthen the network’s resilience.
“We are aiming to start construction by the end of 2020.”