Tees Valley specialist company Cleveland Bridge has been awarded the £3.3m contract for a new bridge over the River Tees.
Work began this week on the crossing at Surtees Bridge which will open up the slip roads from the new Ingleby Barwick link road.
The contract, which will keep the 250-strong workforce busy between more high-profile jobs, sees the Darlington-based company again linking with main contractor Edmund Nuttall, with whom it worked on the Tinsley Viaduct replacement project.
The contract win is for a replacement plate girder bridge on the A66 dual carriageway over the River Tees, as part of a project costing £14.3m.
Managing director, Brian Rogan said: "Having completed 10 similar projects over the past four years our expertise in bridge construction contributed to our winning this very exciting contract.
"Undertaking the erection with the bridge remaining fully functional throughout the 48-week programme of works will require strong project management and smart engineering.
"The job is scheduled to be carried out in two phases. The first is to erect most of the southern part of the bridge. The second phase, to be completed by March 2007, is to finish the southern part and the whole of the northern part of the bridge.
"Erection will be carried out in seven separate phases of 11-hour possessions which will ensure that the bridge can remain open, with traffic management procedures in place which will keep traffic flowing on the opposite side of the bridge to the work being carried out."
Cleveland Bridge is best known for its contributions to river crossings such as the Humber Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge, the Severn Bridge and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge over the M25 motorway at Dartford, east of London.
The company has also hit the headlines recently for its work on the £750m new Wembley stadium, as a sub-contractor to Multiplex.
The two companies are due in court next month to resolve their long-running dispute over Cleveland Bridge 's premature departure from the project.
In recent years, Cleveland Bridge has increasingly turned its attention to motorway bridge projects, and has completed 10 in the past four years, including the massive scheme to renew the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 motorway near Sheffield.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Bridge said: "Cleveland Bridge has developed a specialism in projects that avoid diversions and road closures.
"This work is becoming more and more important to Cleveland Bridge , though they are still involved in big landmark construction activity, on the design and construction of international bridges, but they come along very rarely."