After a 9 month closure the works to the road bridge and the Victorian railway bridge on Tadpole Lane, which began in May 2012, was completed on Friday 1 February.
Contractors are putting the finishing touches and testing new traffic lights and aim to open the road in the afternoon.
It means that there should be – at last – less traffic congestion on Purton Road and Mead Way.
The road bridge works were completed within 20 weeks as forecast, and the original works schedule for the rail bridge, which carries a preservation order, was 12 weeks, giving a completion date of the end of 2012.
However additional cracks were found in the masonry and had to be back-filled. Also recently discovered features of the existing structure of the rail bridge meant that an alternative repair solution had to be found.
Pictured: right, the work on the two bridges, top the new River Ray road bridge. Middle, tht refurbished railway bridge. Below, an aerial image of the Swindon & Crickade Railway Society base at Blunsdon Station alongside the River Ray when bridge replacement was taking place during the summer of 2012. Photo: Clive Bunce of www.ufly2.co.uk