Evesham's Abbey Bridge 'to re-open next week'

Artist's impression of remodelled Abbey Bridge The Department of Transport is paying £5.59m towards the cost of the work

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A Worcestershire bridge which was shut for almost six months when engineering work over-ran will open to traffic next week, a councillor says.

Work began on an £8m scheme to replace Abbey Bridge in Evesham in September and was due to end in December.

But weeks were lost due to rising river levels and high winds, contractors Hochtief said.

Worcestershire County Councillor John Smith said it would re-open to two-way traffic next week.

'Gone so well'

In January, the contractor said the structure would re-open on 31 March.

Mr Smith told BBC News: "Hochtief have confirmed that 31 March is still their planned date for official opening but, because the work has gone so well in the last three or four weeks, they are aiming to open the bridge to two-way traffic - one north, one south - on the week commencing 10 March.

"We don't have a confirmed date yet but they have confidence they are able to do it that week."

He said a temporary footway over the river would remain until the bridge would fully re-open at the end of the month.

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