A busy Corby road is to close to through traffic on Monday (July 14) for about 16 weeks while work is carried out to repair a bridge.
Weight restrictions in Geddington Road have been in place since January 2011 as a result of concerns over the structural capacity of the bridge following a series of assessments.
During repair work the road will still be open to give access to businesses there, which will be trading as usual.
Work to refurbish the bridge will include constructing a new deck over the existing one as well as strengthening the abutments to bring it up to the current day standard of 40 tonnes.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Thanks to our partnership between Tata Steel and Northamptonshire County Council, the bridge will be upgraded from 1936 standards to those of the twenty-first century.
“I’m delighted that we now have a start date for this as once complete it will be an enormous relief to the people of Corby, businesses and, indeed, anyone who uses the Geddington Road.
“I’m pleased that we have been able to work together with Tata Steel to come to an agreement and reach a situation which everyone is happy with.”
In May it was announced that the county council and Tata Steel had reached a cost-sharing agreement to carry out the work.
It sees both parties equally sharing the costs of the repairs, which will return the Geddington Road back to full usage and allow for the three-tonne weight limit to be removed.
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.
Tata Steel will be handling the design and development of the bridge improvements.