A stretch of road between Wrexham and Mold which has seen two fatal car crashes occur in one year will be closed for road works this weekend in a bid to improve safety.
The southbound and part of the northbound dual carriageway at Plas Teg, which links Caergwrle with Pontblyddyn on the A541, has been targeted by Flintshire Council which started resurfacing the area on Monday (23 September).
Two fatal car collisions have occurred here since October 2012, prompting the council to take much needed action.
Tragic car accidents prompt works
21-year-old Kieran Arnold, from Cymau, was killed in a two-car collision in June this year and Christina Barchetti and her unborn baby Bella Clarke were killed in another two-car crash just 50 yards down the road last October.
In addition to the resurfacing work due to take place this weekend, the council has announced future plans to bring down the speed limit in the wooded stretch at the Plas Teg dual carriageway as it approaches Pontblyddyn.
Neal Cockerton, Flintshire Council’s head of assets and transport, said: “In addition to the resurfacing work we are also proposing further measures comprising filtering traffic into one lane before the wooded area at the end of the dual carriageway approaching Pontblyddyn and the reduction of the 50mph speed limit to 40mph through this wooded area.”
Road closures this weekend
Road blocks will be put in place from 7pm on Friday (27 September) until 6am on Monday morning (30 September), restricting access to both the north and southbound carriageways.
While a diversion will be used during road closures this weekend, temporary traffic control measures will take over after that, with the works expected to last for four weeks.
Where access off and onto the A541 from Pentre Lane and Tir-y-Fron Lane is limited during this time, a diversion route will be put in place.
Commenting on the news, Mark Lampkin, Principal Solicitor and founder and owner of Lampkin & Co Solicitors, said:
“It’s great to hear that the council is taking action to reduce the accident rate on this dangerous stretch of road. Local authorities, as well as motorists and other road users, have a shared responsibility to ensure safety on the roads.
“If you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and we can prove you were injured because of the negligence of someone else or that the blame does lie elsewhere, you can make a claim.”
Read more about how Lampkin & Co Solicitors can pursue a personal injury compensation claim on your behalf.