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Milestone for NEWWEAR bridge building project.

Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com @laurahillnews

WORK on the new PS117m Wear bridge in Sunderland has reached a milestone. Hundreds of concrete panels weighing up to 18 tonnes have been delivered to the building site in Pallion ahead of the deck being built this summer.

The multi-million pound project will see the first bridge built over the River Wear in more than 40 years, and this photo shows how it will look.

At 105m high the cable bridge will be twice the height of the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead and more than four times the height of the Angel of the North.

Alan Gill, a civil engineer on the project, said the concrete panels will start to be put in place in August.

He said: "We are moving into a really exciting phase of the bridgebuilding programme now as work is progressing in the river on the main pylon foundations, and the panels for the bridge deck are being delivered every day.

"Obviously, building the bridge deck is such an integral part of the project. We should be ready to launch the first part of the bridge deck out across the river in September.

"Once we do that, people will be able to see the bridge taking shape. It's a fascinating process."

The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way, in Castletown, and European Way, in Pallion, and is on track to open in spring 2018.

Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said he was excited to see work progressing on the new bridge and the benefits it would bring.

He added: "This project is already providing benefits to Sunderland and the wider North East region in terms of local businesses winning work on site, or contracts to supply materials to site.

"And once the bridge is complete, journey times around the city will be greatly improved, public transport will be enhanced and huge areas of land along the south side of the river will be available for regeneration.

"It will also help to create jobs and boost business."

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Work on the River Wear crossing in Sunderland

A computer-generated image of how the new bridge over the River Wear will look. The crossing is set to open in spring 2018 Sunderland City Council

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:May 10, 2016
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