ONE of Wearside’s oldest bridges is set to reopen as it undergoes major maintenance work.
Fatfield Bridge is expected to be back in operation for cars only from Monday.
It had been closed to all traffic since September, when a six-month £600,000 refurbishment programme started.
The bridge, which will operate under weight restrictions as work continues, crosses the River Wear and links Station Road on the south to Worm Hill Terrace on the north.
It is the oldest river crossing overseen by Sunderland City Council and dates back to the 1890s.
The bridge is normally subject to a 7.5 tonne weight limit, except for buses and emergency vehicles.
However, the temporary weight limit will see traffic restricted to light traffic and vehicles weighing up to a maximum of three tonnes.
The restrictions include a maximum headroom restriction of 2.1 metres allowing scaffolding and temporary bridge supports to stay in place.
Pedestrian access remains unaffected.
There are signed diversion routes for buses, emergency vehicles and larger vehicles.
Councillor James Blackburn, the council’s portfolio holder for city services, said: “The bridge has remained open for pedestrians and cyclists.
“It is now opening for cars and light vehicles as essential maintenance continues.”