A complete overhaul of Scarborough’s landmark Valley Bridge got underway this week, its first since the crossing was built 80 years ago.
The revamp is expected to cost nearly £1m and will involve the biggest restoration undertaken since it was constructed in 1933.
North Yorkshire County Council is overseeing the four-month programme of improvements to the bridge, which carries the A165 over the famous Valley Ravine.
The work, which started on Monday, will include the replacement of the decorative balustrade and steel fence.
County Cllr Janet Jefferson said: “This bridge is an iconic structure on the Scarborough landscape and carries a major route through the town. I’m delighted these works are about to begin.”
The authority stressed the bridge would remain open for the majority of the time while the work is carried out, although it will shut for short periods to allow the delivery and removal of materials. But the use of parking bays will be suspended to allow pedestrians to continue to use the bridge. The existing footways will be needed as working space.