Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to support the principal of replacing Llannerch Bridge.
During a meeting on November 23, the Cabinet agreed to support the principle of replacing the bridge, subject to securing the necessary funding, as well as making an approach to Welsh Government to request external funding.
The Council will now commission further ground investigation and flood modelling work to ensure a design can be developed which will meet the requirements of the planning process.
Llannerch Bridge, which provided a crossing of the River Clwyd between Trefnant and Tremeirchion and was also used as a route to the A55, collapsed during Storm Christoph in January.
Councillor Brian Jones, the Council’s Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “This is a major step forward in getting this vital link back.
“The importance of the route has been emphasised by the level of interest shown in the recent public engagement held by the Council which attracted around 750 responses.
“I would like to thank the fantastic response from the public which will help the Council build a business case for funding a replacement bridge.
“The responses were also really useful in terms of our thinking about how any new bridge should look.
“However, there is still much work to be done before we get to the point where funding can hopefully be secured for the project.
“Unfortunately, replacing Llannerch Bridge will not be a quick or easy process, and it will not be possible to provide an accurate timescale for it until we have secured funding for the project.”