An £11m footbridge connecting the Imperial War Museum North to Media City UK in the Quays has been rolled into place over the Manchester Ship Canal.
The NWDA said the swing bridge will improve access and encourage extra footfall around Trafford Wharf, Trafford Park, the Lowry, Media City UK, Imperial War Museum North and Old Trafford football and cricket grounds. The bridge will rotate on its circular plinth to allow ships to sail through.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: "The bridge not only looks spectacular but it will be an important channel for improving access and connectivity to MediaCityUK and across the Quays.
"The Quays & Irwell River Park are strategic regional sites and the new bridge will help to drive economic growth along the river corridor from Manchester Victoria railway station to The Quays, linking approximately £3bn of economic assets delivered by the agency, partners and developers, and providing another legacy landmark for the Agency to leave for the region to enjoy."
Contractor Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering spent four days moving the bridge into position. The bridge will open to the public in 2011 when the adjoining works at the Trafford Wharf Promenade outside Imperial War Museum North will also be complete.