VIDEO: Crossley's Bridge reopens - bringing six months' of traffic misery to an end

Crossley's Bridge, one of the main routes between Blackpool and Bispham, Cleveleys, and Fleetwood, has reopened this evening.

Some motorists even beeped their horns as six months' of traffic misery were brought to an end shortly before the advertised time of 8pm.

The bridge re-opened minutes before the council's 8pm deadline

The bridge re-opened minutes before the council's 8pm deadline

However, restrictions will remain in place until late July as work continues on the Plymouth Road bridge, which the town hall said had to be replaced in a £6.1m project because the old one was rotting.

It was heightened at the same time to allow Network Rail, which contributed £1m, to carry out electrification work on the railway line running below.

Earlier today, Adam Norman, the project manager at Story Contracting, hired by the council to complete the work, said it was a 'great achievement from all involved in the project'.

He added: "It’s fantastic to have reached this significant milestone in the bridge replacement project ahead of the Easter holidays."

There remains more work to be carried out - that should be finished by the end of July, town hall officials said

There remains more work to be carried out - that should be finished by the end of July, town hall officials said

For more information, including on the bus stops in Westcliffe Drive and Layton, which are now 'under review', the impact on emergency service response times, and what's now going to happen to the historic plaque from the original bridge, see tomorrow's Gazette.

How The Gazette covered the closure:

June 1, 2016: We reveal how the bridge is set to be demolished – news which left motorists exasperated

June 29, 2016: Work started earlier than expected after ‘unforeseen extra work’ had to be carried out

October 2, 2016: Prior to the bridge closing, ambulance bosses said they feared response times could almost double in the most serious of emergencies

October 31, 2016: Bus bosses announced the number nine service would disappear from Layton because of the roadworks

November 2, 2016: Just days before the bridge shut, traffic measures were introduced to help motorists cope

December 22, 2016: Work was suspended over Christmas because it was ahead of schedule, the council said

January 12, 2017: Contractors removed the bridge’s deck, leaving a massive gap

February 1, 2017: Remember this? Drivers reported their ‘nightmare’ after temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction of Devonshire Road and Warley Road – causing lengthy delays. The council said it was trying to improve safety there following several crashes

February 3, 2017: Anger over the lights prompts a hasty U-turn, and they are removed

February 9, 2017: Work on the bridge is described as some of the most ‘complex’ contractors have carried out

March 2, 2017: An update as work to reopen the bridge entered its last full month

March 31, 2017: Construction workers prepare to open the bridge at the end of the week

April 4, 2017: Layton will get its number nine bus service back, transport bosses pledge

April 5, 2017: The council announce the bridge will open at 8pm on Friday, April 7

April 6, 2017: Newly-unearthed pictures reveal how the bridge got its popular nickname

April 7, 2017: Crossley's Bridge reopens to traffic minutes before 8pm

April 8, 2017: The latest on the bus stops in Layton, which are under review, the old bridge's plaque, the impact on ambulances, reaction, and more.