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Repairs to damaged Teesside road bridge completed early

A Teesside road bridge closed when cracks appeared following heavy rain, has reopened ahead of schedule.

Leven Bank Bridge was shut at the end of February after divers found there had been a severe loss of sediment under the structure.

Stockton Council said work to strengthen the bridge foundations was urgently needed.

It was thought it would stay shut until July, but the council said it would reopen to commuters on Monday.

The closure mainly affected motorists travelling between Yarm, Middlesbrough and Ingleby Barwick.

Bob Cook, Stockton Council's cabinet member for transport and regeneration, said: "The works to repair the extensive damage to Leven Bridge required specialist engineers and divers.

"We understand the disruption caused by the closure of such a well-used route and appreciate the patience and understanding shown by motorists while the works have been carried out."

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