The storyline of the third series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, saw the bridge dismantled to be sold to and re-erected in the USA.
The local council received calls from people worried that the bridge was really being pulled down, with the BBC adding a disclaimer on the end of the final episode of the series stating that 'The Transporter Bridge remains in Middlesbrough'.
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The improvement works include the installation of a glass viewing lift to the landmark's upper walkway and renovation of the gondola.
The bridge is currently owned by Middlesbrough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Middlesbrough Council has control of the day-to-day operations and maintenance.
It has featured in films and TV programmes including Boys from the Blackstuff, Billy Elliot, The Fast Show, Spender and Steel River Blues.
In the millennium celebrations of 2000, fireworks were fired from its length.