PLANS for a proposed new bridge over the river Wear have gone on display.
It is one of the final hurdles for the new crossing, before work starts on the construction next spring.
Sunderland City Council has had to request permission from the Department for Transport (DfT) to build the new bridge over navigable water in the River Wear.
The bridge will span between Castletown and Pallion and will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, as well as dedicated cycleways and footpaths.
The new design will replace the “iconic” bridge designed by North East-born architect Stephen Spence, which was scrapped last year, after the council was unable to find a contractor willing to commit to the £118million budget.
Cabinet secretary Mel Speding said: “This period of consultation is a formal, statutory process and the next step towards a new bridge for Sunderland. It follows approval by the city council’s cabinet in June, that we ask for confirmation from the Secretary of State for Transport that a scheme can proceed.
“This scheme order will allow the city council to construct a bridge over the River Wear between Wessington Way and Castletown Way roundabouts and the Woodbine Terrace and Pallion New Road junction in Sunderland.”
The proposed bridge by Spence – which would have been the tallest in England and Wales – dropped in favour of a simpler version.
A six-week public consultation launched on Friday with interested parties now able to view them in various venues across the city.
Copies of the scheme and of the relevant plans and specifications can be seen until August 26, at the City Library in Fawcett Street and Kayll Road Library.
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