The new £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth in Scotland is to open on 30 August after six years in construction.
The 2.7km long, cable stayed bridge, will initially open to traffic and transition to a motorway once the final public transport links to the north of the Forth Road Bridge are completed.
The long awaited opening has twice been delayed due to bad weather. Its original opening date in December 2016 was pushed back to May 2017, however the government has now said it will open in August this year.
The last of its 110 precast concrete deck segments was lifted into place in February.
After the initial opening the bridge will close to traffic on 2 and 3 September to allow up to 50,000 people to walk across it.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “I am very pleased to be able to confirm the Queensferry Crossing will open 30 August 2017. The bridge will be used by vehicles up to 1 September 1, before closing to allow the public the chance to walk across it as part of the Queensferry Crossing Experience on 2 and 3 September.
“The wall will marks the beginning of the end of a 10 year process for the project,” said Brown. “Starting with early Forth Crossing studies, an Act of Parliament, design, procurement, through to work beginning on site in August 2011.
“Excitement and anticipation will build in the months ahead as people prepare to walk and drive over this bridge for the first time.”
Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) (a consortium of Hochtief, Dragados, American Bridge and Morrison Construction) project director Michael Martin said: “The Queensferry Crossing is one of the world’s great bridges. It’s the largest bridge of its type and its fast track design and construction has presented many challenges.
“The safety of our workforce, who have worked relentlessly through the hostile weather conditions in the Forth estuary to deliver the earliest completion of this project, has always been our number one priority and it will continue to be so as move towards the completion of the project.”