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M5 open after Bristol bridge demolition

26 December 09 11:14 GMT

The M5 has been reopened after work to remove a bridge near Bristol was successfully completed.

The road was closed on Christmas Day between junctions 17 and 18 to allow demolition of the structure. It reopened at about 0400 GMT on Saturday.

The bridge has been closed to traffic for several years after being repeatedly hit by over-height vehicles.

It will be replaced by a footbridge which can also be used by cyclists and horse riders.

A Highways Agency spokesman said Christmas Day had been chosen for the work because this was when traffic was at its lightest.

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