Despite costs escalating by approximately 80% work is expected to start on the construction of a new footbridge in Worcester before the end of this year.
Known as Kepax Bridge it will add an additional crossing of the River Severn for pedestrians and cyclists between Gheluvelt Park to the east and the Kepax site in St Johns Wood to the west.
Even though estimated costs increased from £8.9m three years ago to £16m now Worcestershire County Council last week approved the main construction contract having asked the council to amend the capital budget to allow construction to begin later this year.
The bridge which has been designed by consulting engineer Jacobs, will be 4.3 metres in width with a total span of 106 metres, a main span of 58 metres and with four approach spans of 12 metres each. There will also be a 37 metre ramp on the eastern side of the river to link to the footpaths in Gheluvelt Park.