Wear Rivers Trust team visit the new Wear Crossing
The staff team visited the development site in Pallion, Sunderland to learn about construction methods and the challenges involved in the construction.
The New Wear Crossing team has worked alongside the Trust since work on the new bridge got underway in May 2015.
Wear Rivers Trust Director Peter Nailon said: "It's been fascinating. The scale of the development is really impressive. We can really see how it's coming together, and learning the different methods involved, including the launching of the bridge deck over the river, has been amazing.
"Throughout the development so far, we have been working with Sunderland City Council and the project team to help improve the natural habitat along the river and its connecting streams for wildlife. The council has provided us with support to help us do that, which we have been able to back with additional support from the Environment Agency, so work will be on-going for the next couple of years."
Last year, volunteers, including staff from Sunderland City Council, construction consortium FVB JV, Faithful+Gould, Atkins, and other partners, spent a day working with the Trust to improve the habitat for fish and wildlife at Rainton Burn, near Houghton-le-Spring.
The Trust and project team are currently looking to organise a similar clean-up day in the new year, and will continue to work closely together to minimise the impact on wildlife along the river during and after construction of the new bridge.