The troubled revamp of the landmark Newport Bridge will not be finished until next Spring at the earliest.
And the cost of the much-delayed project has spiralled from 1.6m to 4.1m.
That is due to the unforeseen damage on the 80-year-old Grade II-listed structure.
But long-suffering commuters can breath a sigh of relief that at least their daily traffic misery is nearly over.
After what will be more than three months of being shut to traffic, Stockton Council is hoping to reopen the bridge to vehicles by the end of the month.
A large tunnel-style scaffold is now under construction which will allow the A1032 to fully reopen so motorists can use the road while the remaining repairs and painting take place.