Work has started on the £1.75bn Mersey Gateway Project with an official 'ground-breaking' ceremony on the banks of the River Mersey.
In autumn 2017 a new six-lane toll bridge will open over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes - the aim being to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
There will be a £2 toll for both the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.
It's hoped the bridge will create 470 full-time jobs.
Halton Council leader Cllr Rob Polhill said: “It’s been decades of trying for a new bridge and we’re now making a start. We always knew this day would come and it’s a historic moment for us.”