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The new bridge was constructed in 1968/69 to accommodate heavy traffic using this road which is one of the main routes to Scotland. It is a large structure about 260 feet long with 2 concrete piers. On a straight stretch of the A697, it is hardly noticeable to drivers crossing. The river bank is thickly wooded and the sides steep. Compared to the old bridge it is less attractive but much more practical for todays traffic. Building it was long and difficult owing to the instability of the river banks. It is 200 foot long and 45 feet wide.

The road junction of the B6344 road to Rothbury is just to the north of the bridge and there is access to the old bridge from that road. The St. Oswald's Way long distance footpath is to the east and west.

 Weldon A697 Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1969
Type - beam, concrete and girders, 3 span.
Position: Weldon Bridge, Northumberland.
Grid Ref: NZ 139 986
 Weldon A697 Bridge

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