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Key Blackpool bridge re-opening today

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Squires Gate Bridge will re-open to traffic at 7pm today after engineers completed work to replace the structure ahead of schedule.

The major South Shore route was due to re-open on March 23, then the date was bought forward to this Friday but now highways chiefs are to re-open it later today.

Work on the £2.1m scheme began on November 7 and has seen the majority of the old bridge demolished.

Squires Gate Bridge new carriageway

Squires Gate Bridge new carriageway

This included the removal of corroded support beams from the bridge deck.

Engineers have installed new kerbs, lighting columns and a new road surface.

The work is part of Blackpool’s £11.3m bridge project to repair 10 of the town’s key bridges.