SOUTH TYNE - HAYDON BRIDGE - OLD A69
The new bridge was erected in 1970 after the condition of the old stone bridge worsened and became unsuitable for the heavy traffic on the A69 Newcastle to Carlisle road then using the bridge. Begun in 1967, a temporary bridge was erected (having been previously used at Coldstream and Hexham). The concrete bridge has five spans and has T-section girders under the carriageway, with box girders under the footpath. It cost and estimated £200,000 and was designed by Northumberland County council and built by contractors Kiers.
The village of Haydon Bridge now has a bypass which opened in March 2009 and the old A69 bridge has now been superceded, the bypass now being part of the A69. The small town of Haydon Bridge lies on both banks of the river and is now very much more peaceful since the new road opened and took away most of the heavy traffic.
Haydon Bridge-Old A69 Facts
- Constructed - 1970
- Type - beam, concrete, 5 spans.
- Position: 5m west of Hexham, Northumberland.
- Grid Ref: NY 844 644