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McDowell and Benedetti’s long overdue Hull bridge set for April opening

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McDowell and Benedetti’s £7 million bridge over the River Hull is expected to open next month – more than two years later than planned

Originally set to complete in late 2010, the final opening of the landmark, comma-shaped bridge has been delayed by problems with its rolling tracks and handrail.

The ‘engineering issues’ emerged while testing the innovative structure which allows pedestrians to cross while the structure rotates for passing ships.

Adverse weather, the economic downturn, and the abolition of Yorkshire Forward, one of the project’s key funding bodies have also been blamed for project set-backs.

After a number of false starts, the high-profile crossing’s first public use now looks set for April, although an official opening date has yet to be announced.

Hull City Council councillor Martin Mancey told The Yorkshire Post: ‘I think there have been anticipated opening dates in the past which have come and gone and we can only keep our fingers crossed that this time it will be opened – but until such time I can’t say I am 100 per cent confident.’

Dubbed ‘the bridge to nowhere’, the structure links the city to an empty site on the east bank of the river once earmarked for the shelved £100 million Boom development by Chetwood Architects.

McDowell and Benedetti won the design competition for the structure in May 2006.

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