THE multi-million pound transformation of Northern Road Bridge is nearing completion.
Work on the commuter route, in Cosham, Portsmouth, will be finished in the next three months.
All there is left to do is resurface walkways over the bridge, put in permanent lanes and finish installing artwork on both sides.
Medina Primary School pupils have designed pictures of future modes of transport which have been etched into the surface of the eastern parapet. Artwork inspired by wheels is due to go on the western side.
Project manager Ashley Chaplin said the work would help to create a sense of community ownership.
He said: ‘It’s very important to us that we are able to thank the local community for putting up with all the disruption we have caused them and to make this bridge something which they feel is their own, rather than something they just drive across.
‘The idea of specifically using artwork generated from community workshops is that hopefully in 20 years time, a grown-up child with their own family will go there and say, “I did that”.’
As reported, work began to replace the bridge that was there previously in September last year.
The Department for Transport has contributed £11.5m towards the £13m scheme and Portsmouth City Council has put in the rest.
The bridge was closed off to traffic from February for five weeks and while there were delays around Cosham during that time, there was no major problems.
As part of the project, alleys next to Cosham Health Centre and near Colwell Road will be relayed and they will be fitted with street lights.
Although it wasn’t part of the original plans, money was found in the budget to do the work.
Mr Chaplin said: ‘We are just trying to lift the area and it fits in with the Cosham redevelopment.
‘This has been done through careful management of the budget. Working on this project has been amazing.
‘I have really enjoyed being part of this.’
A wooden fence will be built near homes closest to the bridge so people walking over the bridge can’t look in.
It will be removed once trees that have been planted there grow to their full height.
There will be one lane northbound, one lane southbound and a southbound bus lane.
A wild flower meadow is to be put on either side.