Preliminary work on the installation of glass viewing lifts on the landmark Tees Transporter Bridge has begun.
A jack up platform is currently at the bridge and is exploring the ground 70ft below the surface of the Tees.
The ground investigation drilling works are being carried out for the installation of pile caps to start the construction of the lifts up the south shore legs of the Transporter Bridge.
The installation of the glass lifts is part of a £2.6m improvement to the Grade II listed bridge funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The viewing lifts will allow visitors of all abilities to experience trips to the top of the bridge.
The HLF’s grant will also mean other essential improvements can be undertaken, including the installation of a modern gondola and improvements to existing walkways.
The jack up platform, owned by ground investigation specialists Fugro, arrived at Dawson's Wharf via road on Thursday.
It is anticipated drillers will spend today (Monday, April 30) and tomorrow carrying out the investigation work.
Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “It is really exciting that preliminary work has begun on the glass lifts at The Transporter Bridge.
“The lifts and the other improvements that are being made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant will ensure the Transporter will continue as a working bridge and as a major tourist attraction for many years to come.”
The underwater work on the Transporter coincides with a talk on Marine Archeology by Gary Green at Teesside Archives this Thursday, May 3 at 2.30pm.
For more information contact Teesside Archives, based in Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, on 01642 248321.