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Last piece of 50-year-old bridge is knocked down.

DEMOLITION work to pull down the last remaining piece of an old Coast Road bridge is under way.

The Norham Road bridge, which stood over the A1058 Coast Road in North Shields, was more than 50 years old and needed to be replaced.

Most of the old structure was demolished last year but a small passageway was left standing for use by pedestrians as well as cyclists.

Yesterday, the last remaining section was knocked down.

The road beneath the bridge was closed to allow for the work to go ahead, with drivers using the slip roads to travel east or west.

North Tyneside Council said that although the work had been carefully planned to minimise disruption, people were advised to expect delays in the area.

A spokesman added: "We are very pleased to be entering the final stage of this very important project and we thank people once again for their patience during the work."

The demolition began in the early hours of yesterday and was scheduled to finish by midnight the same day.

Today the contractors are due to clear and remove all the debris and then reinstall safety barriers and put in road markings.

The Coast Road is to reopen to traffic in the early hours of tomorrow.

Meanwhile, work to build the new bridge is also making progress.

Once the whole project is completed in the summer, the new crossing will have four lanes and there will be traffic lights at both slip road junctions.

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The Norham Road Bridge over the Coast Road in North Tyneside is to be replaced

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Mar 11, 2018
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