The two arches of the Ordsall Chord were installed over the River Irwell in central Manchester.
The 89m single-span network arch bridge is believed to be the second-longest of its type in the world.
It has been designed by BDP, WSP, Aecom and Mott MacDonald and is being built by a Skanska BAM Nuttall joint venture. Severfield fabricated the steelwork and managed the bridge lift.
The arch will have a tennis-racket-style lattice.
The bridge is part of a scheme to improve links across Manchester to and from all the major economic centres in the north of England. It will, for the first time, connect Manchester’s main railway stations - Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.