Work is nearing completion on the reconstruction of Tadcaster Bridge and following the latest review of progress North Yorkshire County Council believes the bridge will be reopened on Friday afternoon (3 February).

Contractors have been working around the clock to finish the work as quickly as possible despite problems caused earlier in the project by high river levels and more recently by freezing conditions.

The bridge will be opened as soon as the final masonry is in place and resurfacing of the road is complete. This means that work will be continuing on the bridge until shortly before the opening, so it will not be possible to confirm the opening time until shortly beforehand.

Tadcaster Bridge was closed after its partial collapse due to the force of flood water from heavy rains during Christmas 2015. Because of the importance of the bridge to Tadcaster’s community, the County Council started the massive task of reconstruction only two and half weeks after the bridge’s collapse and has pulled out all the stops to complete the project.

The 18th century grade two listed bridge has been reconstructed and widened with £3m from the Government and £1.4m from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.