BYPASS WORK TO START ‘THIS WINTER’
WORK on the construction of the £135m Caernarfon bypass is to start this “winter”.
Detailed designs, preparations and ground investigations are currently taking place with the setting up of site compound and offices to begin shortly.
While the Welsh Government has not given an exact start date of when the actual build will begin it has narrowed it down to this “winter” - which means work should be underway by March at the very latest.
The six-mile bypass is due to take two years to be completed so should open in Spring 2021.
The scheme will see a new road built from the from the Goat roundabout on the A499/A487 junction to the Plas Menai roundabout.
Transport Minister Ken Skates said the scheme would “provide a boost” for the region’s economy.
Balfour Beatty and Ruthin-based Jones Bros, in a 50:50 joint venture, will construct the bypass.
AM Skates said: “I’m pleased to announce Balfour Beatty and Jones Bros will be working together to construct this significant development in North West Wales. I have made clear this scheme will deliver for the area and provide a boost for the region’s economy. Balfour Beatty Jones Bros will be putting this into action by offering local employment opportunities as well as placements for trainees, apprentices and graduates. There will also be a prime focus on local spend on materials and sub-contracts where possible and meet the buyer events will be held in due course to encourage local people and companies to apply for work on the project.”
Hefin Lloyd-Davies, contracts director at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, said: “The progression of the contract is pleasing and we’re looking forward to providing benefits to the region including jobs, training, and skills.
“We have a proud history of not only delivering high profile projects in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty, but caring about the communities in which we operate.”
● Impression of the Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass and (below) Ken Skates