Carl Sargeant, Minister for transport has today officially opened the three mile £35m Porthmadog, Tremadog, Minffordd bypass on the A487.
This vital new section of the A487, which has been completed on budget and seven week early, will improve safety and journey times in addition to reducing congestion within the surrounding towns.
Speaking before the official opening, Carl Sargeant said:“Anybody that’s driven on this section of the A487 will know that historically Porthmadog can become very congested, especially during the summer months, creating serious traffic problems for road users including businesses and residents.”
“It is also a vitally important route for travelling between north and south Wales that carries a high percentage of long haul vehicles.
“This essential new bypass will improve journey times along the A487, ease congestion and importantly provide enhanced visibility and safer overtaking opportunities for drivers.”
Construction of the new bypass started in January 2010, involved a 250 strong workforce and used one of Europe’s largest cranes (weighing 630 tonnes) on site.
The bypass was constructed for the Welsh Government by a 50:50 joint venture partnership of Balfour Beatty and Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.
Partnership project manager Wyn Daniels said:“We are extremely proud that this important highway project has been completed on budget and many weeks ahead of schedule.
“On behalf of the joint venture partnership, I would like to thank the local community for its support during construction work.”
Gwynedd Council Leader, Councillor Dyfed Edwards added:“This is a truly historic day for the Porthmadog area and its residents. Following years of campaigning, local residents will be delighted that the new by-pass which will ease congestion in Tremadog, Porthmadog, Minffordd and Penrhyndeudraeth is being officially opened.
“As a Council we have worked closely with the local community to ensure that Porthmadog and other local communities will be able to maximise the economic benefits the new road brings.
“From next month, it will be cheaper for motorists who wish to park for longer periods in the Llyn Bach car park in Porthmadog. We hope that such initiatives will ensure that this new by-pass route provides a boost for local businesses as well as providing an improved road for motorists.”