Construction work on the new Shoreham Footbridge is expected to begin at the start of August, after West Sussex County Council wrote to main contractor Osborne to say it will be awarded the contract for the construction phase of the £9.8m project.
Work on the new bridge had been due to start in spring 2012.
However it was delayed while the county council and Osborne reviewed the commercial and technical details of the project.
County council cabinet member for highways and transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “I’m very pleased to announce that the county council has sent main contractor Osborne a Letter of Intent to formally award the contract for the construction phase.”
Dr Tommy Chambers, managing director of Osborne’s civil engineering team, said: “It was important to get all the details in place first, but we’re very pleased to now get on with delivering the project.
“The new footbridge will be a great asset to Shoreham.”
Funding for the project has come from council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which received a £50m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to extend the National Cycle Network into towns and cities across the UK.