Today marked the return of Blackfriars Bridge. After nine months of the off-site repair and rehabilitation, the bridge is now back in place across the Thames River.
“Blackfriars Bridge is one of the oldest and rarest bridges in Canada and an irreplaceable landmark in the Blackfriars/Petersville neighbourhood,” says Mayor Matt Brown. “This structure contributes to the character of our community. Preserving London’s built heritage matters and seeing the structure returned, looking just like it did in 1875, really brings our City’s history to life.”
Community gathers on east side of the Thames River to witness bridge lift.
It took approximately 30 minutes to swing the bridge from the west shore of the Thames River, onto its abutments on either side of the waterway.
Blackfriars Bridge mid-swing across the Thames River.
“We’re proud of the crew and the level of care and attention to detail they’ve maintained throughout the entire process,” says Doug MacRae, Manager of Transportation, Planning and Design at the City of London. “We’re entering the home stretch. We can’t wait to reconnect Ridout Street to Blackfriars Street with a beautifully rehabilitated and reliable bridge later this fall.”
With the bridge back in position, crews are reminding everyone to stay clear of the construction zone in the coming months while they install remaining bridge components and complete roadwork.
“Today’s lift reinstated the distinctive bowstring arch trusses but many bridge components still need to be added before the bridge is ready for the public.”
The City plans to celebrate the Blackfriars Bridge grand opening in November, once work is complete. For more information and ongoing progress updates, visit blackfriarsbridge.ca.