Building Bridges

The final 100 metre centrepiece of Sunderland’s new River Wear crossing was gradually lifted into place in Sunderland on Friday. The £117 million landmark development by FVB joint Venture is the first new bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland in over four decades. The bridge, which will rise to 105 metres, will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its length.

It will be twice the height of Nelson’s Column, and bigger than Big Ben. The new crossing will improve traffic flow across the city from the A19 road through to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland and it is hoped that it will also create opportunities for regeneration and investment along the river bank.

The work continues on Saturday to lift the centrepiece into the fully upright position and the bridge is due to be complete in the spring of 2018.

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