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A487 road
Direction North - South
Start Merlin's Bridge
Primary
destinations1
Haverfordwest
Fishguard
cardigan
Aberystwyth
Machynlleth
Porthmadog
Caernarfon
End Bangor
Roads joined
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.

The A487 is a major road in Wales, running up the west coast.

It starts in Haverfordwest, from where it travels north west to St David's, then switches back north east through Fishguard, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Corris.

When passing through the town of Fishguard, the road width thru the town and especially Lower Fishguard is a very narrow only single lane road leading to many traffic issues especially with HGVs. Articulated HGVs have been recently banned from this section between Fishguard and Dinas Cross because of the difficulties of HGVs passing other traffic on this section.

There was a by-pass built around the town of Cardigan during 1989/90 which consists of a new concrete bridge of the River teifi followed by a 3 lane road up the hill to the north of the town.

The section of road in the Dulas valley between the Afon Dyfi near Machynlleth and Corris was built in the 1840s at the instigation of the local slate quarry owners to replace the old turnpike road on the opposite side of the valley. It may have utilised part of the formation of the Roman Sarn Helen. From 1859 the road was kept company on this section by the narrow-gauge Corris Railway.

The road continues to Dolgellau multiplexing with the A470 north of Cross Foxes, a pub closed in 2006. The site of Dolgellau railway station along with approximately a mile and a half of trackbed of the former Great Western Railway line from Ruabon to Barmouth was used to construct the Dolgellau bypass in the late 1970s.

After Dolgellau, the road continues to multiplex with the A470 road, re-emerging just north of Trawsfynydd then passing through Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog.

Between Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog, the road passes over a mile-long embankment, known as "The Cob". Until 2003, drivers had to pay a charge to cross The Cob.

The section between Porthmadog and Llanwnda has been improved. The new section bypasses Llanllyfni and Penygroes, in parts utilizing the old trackbed of the Caernarfon to Afon Wen railway line. In April 2007, the 10-mile new section had to be resurfaced in its entirety after it became apparent that the wrong type of stone had been used for the surface tarmac.

A bypass was opened in 1994 avoiding Y Felinheli on the section between Caernarfon and Bangor.

The road terminates at the foot of the Menai Suspension Bridge near Bangor.

It is propsed to bypass Porthmadog, possibly in 2010, and Caernarfon (from the northern end of the Pen-y-groes bypass to the western end of the Y Felinheli bypass) thereafter.

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