The footbridge spans a breach which has been made in the existing embankment to reconnect the sea and river to the original floodplain.
This project has been 15 years in the planning, and Clinton Devon Estates, the Environment Agency and their contractors Kier were delighted to have celebrated this milestone with local people.
The project will create 55 hectares of mud flat and saltmarsh by allowing the tide to flow freely in and out of a new inter-tidal area.
It is reversing the work done 200 years ago when an earth embankment was created to hold back the sea, creating more farmland. In recent years, the embankment had started to fail, putting recreational facilities, footpaths, a municipal tip and other infrastructure at risk from serious flooding.
Photo Credit - Guy Newman