Work has started on repainting one of Teesside's most well known landmarks.
The bridge is painted every eight years using the same blue colour
Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge - which featured in BBC's television show Auf Wiedersehen Pet - is getting a £500,000 facelift by a team of abseiling decorators.
Contractors are repainting the structure and as part of the work the trolley rails, which carry the gondola across the Tees, have to be removed.
Middlesbrough Council has said it will decide next week if the planned three-week closure period needs to be extended.
A council spokesman said: "The Transporter Bridge is a local landmark and is synonymous with Teesside.
"The decorators will be working flat out for 16 weeks and the bridge will only be closed for three.
"It's a job which needs doing every eight years to keep the bridge looking good."
The painting work, costing about £350,000, is expected to be competed by November.
The bridge opened in 1911 and cost nearly £90,000. It was awarded Grade II listed status in 1985.
It was made famous in the last series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, which followed the escapades of Geordie building workers Oz, Dennis, Neville and their friends.
The storyline centred around the bridge being dismantled piece by piece and shipped to Arizona, in the USA.
The next repainting is scheduled for 2011, in time for the bridge's centenary birthday celebrations.