Sunderland’s £117M Northern Spire bridge has officially opened.
Pedestrians were the first to cross the bridge on Monday, followed by the first cars, which were electric, yesterday.
The bridge across the River Wear, was designed by a joint venture of BuroHappold and Roughan O’Donovan and constructed by a Farrans/Victor Buyck joint venture in 36 months, has a 105m tall central A-frame pylon.
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.