WORK to re-open Whitchurch Bridge is in the final stages.
The crossing has been closed for nearly a year to allow for a £4.4 million refurbishment project.
The Whitchurch Bridge Company, which owns the 102-year-old toll bridge, hopes it will re-open next month but has still not set an exact date.
Utilities companies are now relaying water pipes, electricity cables and telephone lines. The road will then be resurfaced.
Company secretary Geoff Weir said: “The utilities companies are all on site but we don’t know exactly how long they will be there.
“They are having to put back all the pipes and cables that were moved off the main bridge during the reconstruction. It is difficult but they are doing very well. We can’t give a precise date but we expect the bridge to be open again very soon.”
Contractor Balfour Beatty has installed new piling and reinforced the underside of the bridge with steel girders. The white iron lattices on the side have been put back for decorative purposes but no longer hold the bridge up.
When the bridge re-opens, the cost of crossing on a concessionary, pre-paid card will rise from 20p to 29.4p. The company will review its position on the 40p cash toll by the end of this month.