New images of A55 junction plans revealed
New images showing the preferred options for the replacement of two roundabouts on the A55 have been published by the Welsh Government.
The £26m project aims to remove the two roundabouts at junctions 15 and 16 and replace them with upgraded junctions.
These are the only roundabouts on the Euroroute E22 Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which includes the A55, and can cause traffic problems.
The Welsh Government says the new junctions would mean traffic wouldn’t need to slow down and delays would be reduced.
It also says the removal of the roundabouts would make the junctions safer for motorists and improve access to regional, national and international markets and employment opportunities.
plan known as Option D has been selected to replace the roundabout at Junction 15 in Llanfairfechan, and Option A has been selected for Junction 16 at Penmaenmawr and Dwygyfylchi.
Option D would provide movement on and off the A55 in four directions – two eastbound and two westbound – by utilising an overbridge with a T-junction to the north of the A55 and a priority junction to the south of the existing roundabout.
The slip roads on the north would be raised locally to allow the bridge to pass over the A55.
Option A, for junction 16, would provide a four-way movement. The roundabout would be removed and replaced by westbound on and off slip roads. The arrangement would include an overbridge, and slip roads would be constructed on raised embankments.
A new link road would be constructed, running parallel to the A55, linking back into Ysguborowen Road.
3D computer generated models were produced to visualise the potential impacts of the proposed junction improvements.
The Welsh Government says it has chosen these options to minimise “the number of residential properties that would need to be demolished, whilst still retaining four-way movement”.
They have also said landscaping will minimise the visual impact of the new junction.