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Northern Ireland firm's £500k deal to build UK bridge

By Margaret Canning

A Lisburn engineering firm has supplied materials for one of Britain's highest bridges in a deal worth around £500,000.

KME Steelworks, which employs 60 people, produced tailor-made steel moulds for the foundations of the £120m Wear Crossing in Sunderland, the highest bridge to be built in Britain in recent years.

KME engineering manager Daryl Fegan said the project was complex and demanding.

"The Wear Crossing is a prestigious project which promises to be a game changer for the economic development of the north east of England.

"To be part of such an important component of infrastructure development is a tribute to the quality of KME's output."

The new bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, as well as dedicated cycle ways and footpaths along its 336m length. The main A frame structure was built in Belgium and transported on a special barge to the river Wear, to be erected this month.

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