A MAIN road that passes through Builth Wells will be closed across three days while work to improve the sewage network is carried out.

The A483 travelling through town along The Strand – between Garth Road and The Groe – will be completely closed from 7pm on Friday, June 24, to 6pm on Sunday, June 26.

The effect of the traffic order will be to temporarily prohibit all vehicles, other than those being used by the emergency services and for the works, from proceeding on the length of the A483 trunk road known as The Strand that extends from a point five metres east of the centre-point of its junction with North Road to a point five metres west of the centre point of its junction with Strand Street in Builth.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “This is a formal Road Closure Order notification for Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to close part of the A483 (known as The Strand) in the centre of Builth Wells to facilitate the repair and renewal of their sewage access chamber located in the middle of the trunk road on The Strand.

“Due to the one-way system already in place there, limited road space, narrow working width available and depth of the apparatus, safe working conditions dictate that the trunk road needs to be closed to all traffic during the works.

“These works have been carefully planned in conjunction with our trunk road agent to be carried out at a time which minimises their impact on the road network and community of Builth Wells. The road is planned to be shut from 7pm on Friday to 6pm Sunday, or until the temporary traffic signs are permanently removed, whilst contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd carries out the essential sewage system works.”

The alternative route for eastbound traffic affected by the closure will be via the A483 westbound to Beulah, the B4358 north-eastbound to Newbridge-on-Wye, then the A470 southbound to Builth. Westbound traffic will be unaffected.

The Welsh Government have made the traffic order valid for 18 months in total but the initial closure is only for this upcoming three-day period; the 18-month order is to allow for the cancellation or re-scheduling of the works in unforeseen circumstances.

“Although the proposed order is only expected to operate during the times and dates specified above it will remain valid for a maximum period of 18 months as a contingency should the work need to be rescheduled or consequential or other work is required,” added the spokesperson.

“Advance notice of any changes to times and dates will be displayed before any rescheduled work.”