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New Wear Crossing - time lapse film of construction

It is a big day for Sunderland's new bridge.

A large section - 230 metres in length, and weighing 2,500 tonnes - is being launched onto the River Wear today.

This includes 186 metres of decking - the first half of the bridge's span.

The New Wear Crossing is the first bridge to be built over the River Wear in the city for more than 40 years and is on track to be completed by the spring of 2018.

Watch here some time-lapse film of the first section of bridge deck being assembled on the south embankment of the river in Pallion:

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TRAFFIC: Diversions in place as work on New Wear Crossing continues

The New Wear Crossing roadworks at Pallion Junction are entering their next phase as work continues to link the new bridge to Sunderland’s main road network.

Work will be ongoing in the Pallion Junction area until spring 2017. The section of European Way between Pallion Junction and the entrance to Pallion Industrial Estate will now be shut in both directions through until mid-July to allow the construction team to work in this area.

Diversions in place as work on new Wear Crossing continues

The existing signed diversion, via St Luke’s Road, will continue and vehicle and pedestrian access to local shops, Pallion Retail Park and Pallion Metro Station, will be maintained.

The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion.