VIDEO: Crossley's Bridge re-opens - bringing six months' of traffic misery to an end
Crossley's Bridge, one of the main routes between Blackpool and Bispham, Cleveleys, and Fleetwood, has re-opened this evening.
Some motorists even beeped their horns as six months' of traffic misery were brought to an end shortly before the advertised time of 8pm.
However, restrictions will remain in place until late July as work continues on the Plymouth Road bridge, which the town hall said had to be replaced in a Â£6.1m project because the old one was rotting.
It was heightened at the same time to allow Network Rail, which contributed Â£1m, to carry out electrification work on the railway line running below.
Earlier today, Adam Norman, the project manager at Story Contracting, hired by the council to complete the work, said it was a 'great achievement from all involved in the project'.
He added: "It’s fantastic to have reached this significant milestone in the bridge replacement project ahead of the Easter holidays."
For more information, including on the bus stops in Westcliffe Drive and Layton, which are now 'under review', the impact on emergency service response times, and what's now going to happen to the historic plaque from the original bridge, see tomorrow's Gazette.
How The Gazette covered the closure:
February 1, 2017: Remember this? Drivers reported their ‘nightmare’ after temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction of Devonshire Road and Warley Road – causing lengthy delays. The council said it was trying to improve safety there following several crashes
April 7, 2017: Crossley's Bridge re-opens to traffic minutes before 8pm
April 8, 2017: The latest on the bus stops in Layton, which are under review, the old bridge's plaque, the impact on ambulances, reaction, and more.