Geddington Road in Corby will re-open to through-traffic later today after completion of the work to strengthen the bridge so it can carry heavy goods vehicles weighing more than 40 tonnes.
The project was jointly funded by Tata Steel and Northamptonshire County Council.
While the bridge project was being undertaken, Northamptonshire County Council has also carried out further maintenance work in the area with more than 8,000sq m of resurfacing completed as well as the clearance of rainwater gullies and pipes.
The go-ahead for the repairs was given in May after the county council and Tata Steel reached a cost-sharing agreement to bring the road to full usage for today’s vehicles of up to 40 tonnes in weight.
The work involved casting a new, stronger, bridge deck on top of the existing one and building-up the strength of the bridge’s abutment walls.
This restriction was imposed in January 2011 as a result of concerns over the structural capacity of the bridge following a series of assessments and reviews which rated the structure as only being able to carry individual vehicles of a maximum of three tonnes.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “I’m delighted that this road is finally fully re-opening –in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
“I’m sure that people that used this road frequently are celebrating that it is opening.
“I’m also pleased that we’ve been able to work so closely with Tata Steel in order to make the works a reality and that we’ve also been able to extend the work in the area so that we’ve completed a comprehensive package of highways maintenance.”
The bridge was created in 1936 when a railway was built under Geddington Road to serve the integrated steelworks at Corby.
The bridge is owned by Tata Steel, while the carriageway on top of the bridge is the responsibility of the county council.