A new footbridge in Sidmouth has moved a big step closer to completion after its ten-tonne span was hoisted into place.
Ramps, columns, east abutment parapets and the 19-metre footway were moved into position by a crane stationed at the Ham last week.
The new River Sid crossing is some 40 metres upstream from the century-old old Alma Bridge which was removed in May.
Its replacement will will connect to short sections of ramp which will match the gradients of the nearby Hanger Path.
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Installation of handrails and lighting, fencing, surfacing and path work will take place in the coming weeks.
A new viewing area will be developed at the site of the old Alma Bridge and will include an information panel to commemorate the historic span.
Sidmouth representative Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “It’s marvellous to see parts of this new structure lifted into position and it’s great news for everyone in Sidmouth.
“It’s something the town has been waiting for and has needed since the original Alma Bridge was damaged.
“Although the key structures are now in place, there’s still work to do and I’m sure everyone will be interested to see the final stages of this scheme as it nears completion.
“This new bridge will be an asset to the town and will provide an important link to the South West coastpath, which provides a significant economic benefit to Sidmouth.
“Anything that can help the recovery of the local economy has to be welcomed.”