Motorists are advised that a major Jarrow bridge is being reopened to traffic today (Friday 20 August)
Structural refurbishment and strengthening works have been underway on the Albert Road Bridge in Jarrow Town Centre since last October.
These have included concrete repairs, resurfacing, new bridge joints, full re-waterproofing of the bridge deck and replacement parapets.
With work now nearing completion, the road is being reopened to traffic in both directions.
However, as there are still some works to complete, there will be times when the road will operate with one lane in each direction to enable contractors to continue their work in safety.
Paul Fleming, South Tyneside Council's Head of Infrastructure and Transport, said: "Albert Road Bridge is an important route, connecting local communities and businesses. However, it has been closed to traffic for some time for essential maintenance to ensure its long-term safety.
"We are pleased to be able to reopen the bridge to motorists once again while work continues to complete the outstanding works."
The 51-year-old Albert Road bridge carries the A185 and crosses the Network Rail and Metro lines.