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Giant crane lifts new bridge into place

Boston's new footbridge over the river has landed. The planned Sunday lift was brought forward a day because of forecast high winds and by 8pm on Saturday the centre span was in place.

A special crane capable of handling loads up to 1,000 tonnes lifted the structure, which had been built on a site alongside the river near the White Hart having been delivered from the fabricators in sections.

The lift, initially planned from mid afternoon, was delayed until engineers were satisfied the bridge was perfectly balanced for the big lift.

The giant crane eased the arched span away from its supporting rig and lowered it with pin-point precision onto pre-prepared footings.

An official opening takes place this Friday when children from Park Academy will play their part, being among the first to cross the bridge.

The crane arrived in the early hours of Saturday morning and took around six hours to be assembled.

The cost of the bridge is being met by Lincolnshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund. More information can be found here at Boston footbridge

Watch a film of the crane lowering the bridge into position on Boston Borough Council's You Tube channel - footage captured by one of the council's CCTV cameras - Installation of Boston Footbridge

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Lights, camera, action: An image from one of Boston Borough Council's CCTV cameras of the new footbridge being lowered into position.

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The new bridge - finishing touches are now being made ready for the official opening on Friday.