Machynlleth Millennium Bridge
Machynlleth stands at a nodal point at the head of the Dovey (Dyfi)
estuary and much of the traffic between south and north Wales passes
over the old Dovey Bridge and along a very narrow section of the
busy A487 trunk road. In 2001, a new foot- and cycle-bridge,
funded by the Welsh Assembly was built over the Dovey about 500
metres upstream from the road bridge, and on the site of a
long-since-gone railway bridge on a branch line to Corris.
The bridge, designed by the artist Jon Mills, is of a very
interesting design which blends in well with its rural setting. The
masts arranged in a cross pattern suggest a simple wooden bridge of
the sort that the Royal Engineers are capable of putting up in a
hurry. The parapets look as if they are lined with leaves (but
backed up by wire netting).
To access the bridge, over 1 km of new path has been constructed.
From the station, a new path has been constructed alongside the main
road down to the road bridge. Unfortunately, this path is on the
west side of the road, necessitating two rather fraught crossings of
the main road; one at the station (where the footway into town
continues on the other side of the road) and the other at the Dovey
road bridge itself. A further length of new path has been built
along the river bank - flooding of this section can be a problem;
and finally a shorter length of path has been constructed from the
Millennium Bridge up onto the A487 on the north side of the river
and along to the junction with the back road to Corris.
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