A popular footpath along the River Tees at Barnard Castle will remain open while repairs continue on a weir in the town.
The Environment Agency, which is carrying out the construction work, had originally planned to close the footpath along the north bank until spring 2014.
But it has now been decided that construction work will be done entirely from the south bank, eradicating the need to close the popular walkway.
This decision will also mean less disruption to the town from construction traffic.
Jenny Evans, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Work on the weir is progressing well. We have now completed repairs to half of the weir, and we are moving into the second phase.
“We had originally planned to work from both banks to carry out the work, but we have now decided to continue to work only from the west bank for the remainder of the project. This means that there will be less disruption to the town, because site traffic will not need to use Raby Avenue.
“We are also aware that the footpath on the left bank is a popular route into the town for local residents, so we are pleased that we have been able to keep it open to the public.
“The new access will consist of a bridge over the river formed by concrete. Once the bridge has been built, two channels will be opened up to switch the flow of water over the weir to allow construction works to focus on the left side. Further updates on the works will be issued as the project continues. The materials used in the bridge and temporary works walls will be recycled at the end of the works.
“This has been a very challenging and interesting project to work on and the Volker Stevin site team, our contractors, have risen well to the challenges that they have faced working in such a variable and challenging environment.”