Work is expected to start next month on a new £1.545 million replacement bridge at Green Lane, South Shields.
South Tyneside Council has secured funding to build a new re-aligned bridge to replace the existing bridge over the railway line.
The existing bridge is owned by Railtrack and is subject to a weight restriction of 7½ tonnes, limiting the size of buses and goods vehicles which can use this major traffic link.
It was decided that the best solution was for the Council to demolish the old bridge and rebuild on a new alignment at a cost of £1.545 million with a £200,000 contribution from Railtrack. The new Green Lane Bridge will be owned and maintained by the Council.
Councillor Michael Clare, Chairman of the Riverside Community Forum is delighted with the decision, as he and his fellow ward colleagues have received a number of complaints that the revised traffic load on the bridge has disrupted the bus service to residents on the nearby Simonside Estate.
The construction work is expected to take eight months with completion by April 2003. During the construction period there will be a total road closure of about eight weeks to allow for demolition. A temporary bus service will link both sides of the bridge.