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Mersey crossing comes in on time and under budget [ – with videos]

After more than three and a half years of construction, the £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge has opened to traffic on time and under budget.

The 1,000m-long crossing of the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes opened just after midnight on the morning of Saturday 14th October 2017.

The Mersey Gateway Bridge comprises a 2.2km long elevated section with a central 1,000-metre cable stay bridge – 1,300km of cables connect the three pylons to the bridge deck.

The overall project, including links to the existing network, comprises more than nine kilometres of new roads, seven junctions, 12 new bridges and an integrated traffic control information system that uses smart road technology.

More than 25,000 people from at least nine different countries have worked on the project, with construction taking five million man-hours.

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