Firms are being invited to pre-qualify for the £110M for the New Wear Crossing along with associated highway works in Sunderland today.
Sunderland City Council is inviting firms to pre-qualify to construct the bridge, despite not yet receiving the £82.5M funding requested from the Department for Transport needed to build the structure.
The council is bidding for part of a £600M pot of funding available for local authority projects, with a decision expected on Sunderland’s bid expected by the end of the year. Firms have one month to submit their proposals for projects with an estimated construction cost of between £80M and £110M. The iconic cable stayed bridge will be 336m long and 187m tall — making it the UK’s tallest bridge.
The bridge is part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) — a multi phase strategic highway that will open up and link the major regeneration sites in the city. Phase two consists of the new landmark bridge connecting the A1231 (Wessington Way) on the north of the river with the European Way road in Pallion on the south bank.