Balfour Beatty has been given the go-ahead to start work on an £11m replacement bridge over the River Derwent at Workington in Cumbria.
Funding was given the final go-ahead by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker this week with construction due to start later this month.
The Department for Transport has confirmed it will provide £11.17 million towards the new permanent road vehicle bridge to replace the collapsed Northside Bridge which was lost in the November 2009 floods in Cumbria.
This replacement crossing will replace the current temporary two-way traffic bridge and will provide a permanent structure to complete the reconnection of the vital highway link across the River Derwent.
Baker said: “The new bridge will bring long-term benefits for all those travelling in the area and will connect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists onto the existing road network.
"This is good news for all concerned and is another step in restoring the infrastructure for the town of Workington and further afield in other damaged areas of the county.”