The construction of the £600m Mersey Gateway has passed a major milestone, with the final segment of bridge deck inserted to join the last deck sections together, so the bridge now fully spans the River Mersey.
The historic moment came as members of the construction team completed the final key concrete pour between the south and central pylon decks.
The Mersey Gateway runs for one kilometre across the river and is connected by its viaducts to the seven kilometres of newly-built roads.
While there is still finishing works to be done before the bridge opens to traffic this autumn, the completion of the deck marks the first full crossing of the river since the Silver Jubilee Bridge was completed 56 years ago.
The Mersey Gateway’s design features three pylons, of varying heights with the tallest, the south pylon, stretching 125m above the river.
Almost 90,000 cubic metres of concrete, equivalent to 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools, was used to build the bridge, the North Approach Viaduct, and the South Approach Viaduct.
Together they measure almost 2.5km long.
Cllr Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Borough Council, said: “Having been involved in this project from the start I’m extremely proud to see the progress the team has made. This really is a momentous occasion and marks the first full crossing of the river since 1961.”