Tyne & Wear

Ovingham road bridge to reopen after repairs

Ovingham Bridge Image copyright Google
Image caption It was originally a toll bridge for a horse-drawn wagons and pedestrians

A flood-damaged road bridge in Northumberland that has been closed for nearly two years is reopening later.

The bridge at Ovingham briefly opened in December last year before the worst flooding since the 1700s closed it again two days later.

It previously closed in June 2014 for a £3m refurbishment.

The single-lane steel and timber structure, which links the village with Prudhoe, was built in 1883 and has carried about 5,000 vehicles a day.

Now after a further extensive repair programme, costing £1.4m and funded by the Department for Transport, the bridge is reopening.

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: "While Ovingham Bridge is one of the more iconic structures damaged during the winter floods, work is still ongoing on numerous repair schemes across the county as part of the £14m highway flood damage repair programme."

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