Sunderland’s new Northern Spire bridge is set to open to traffic today, after the first pedestrians crossed it yesterday.
The £117M bridge across the River Wear, was designed by BuroHappold and constructed by a Farrans/Victor Buyck joint venture in 36 months. It has a 105m tall central A-frame pylon.
Sunderland City Council project director David Abdy said: “Pulling off a major construction project such as this, with the government backing, funding and planning it requires, is an enormous task and is not something that can be done quickly, without a lot of strategic planning, and national, regional and local support.
“Northern Spire has been in construction for three years, but it has actually been in the planning for decades, so it’s wonderful to see all that hard work come to fruition.”
The bridge is part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor, with the next phase being construction of a dual carriageway which will link the south side of the bridge to St Mary’s Boulevard. It is expected to be complete in 2021.