The project will take shape in the middle of the River Wear and on the north and south banks.

Here are some of the highlights:

May 2015

Contract awarded and design is underway

July 2015

Construction work started

October 2015

Construction work starts in the river

Winter 2015

12-month major improvement works start on A1231 Wessington Way

Summer 2016

Major improvement works start on B1405 European Way in Pallion

Winter 2016

A-frame pylon sets sail from Belgium and is lifted into place

Summer 2017

Bridge deck work is complete

28 August 2018

Northern Spire is open to pedestrians for one day before it is open to traffic. Approximately 20,000 people enjoy a walk over.

29 August 2018

Northern Spire opens to traffic.