We have a bridge!
We are delighted to inform you that excellent progress is being made at this key stage of the project.
The second bridge leaf was safely installed yesterday and everything is on track for river access to be fully reinstated on Friday morning.
You can watch the historic moment each leaf was installed on the links below.
By the end of today the giant Matador 3 floating crane will have lifted both leaves into the open position where they will remain for the coming weeks.
The 500 tonne concrete counterbalance weight for the eastern leaf was successfully installed in the early hours of Wednesday morning and a further 500 tonnes of concrete will be poured into the western bascule chamber after the river reopens. We planned the work in this way to ensure we kept within the strict 72 hour river possession period.
Work on the control tower, plant rooms and all surrounding highway infrastructure will continue at pace over the weeks ahead including on the A47 at Harfrey's roundabout.
Please read on for more on that and thank you for bearing with us.
Malcolm McAllister, Community Engagement Manager for BAM Farrans Joint Venture