Blackfriars Bridge is closed for construction to prepare for its removal and rehabilitation. Work currently underway to prepare for the next stage of construction includes the removal of safety features including all pedestrian fencing, traffic railings, pedestrian railings and deck boards.
All pedestrians and cyclists are required to use alternate river crossings. Options include the bridges at Oxford Street West, Queens Avenue or Dundas Street.
Multi-use pathways running north-south on either side of the Thames River remain open at this time. On the west side, all users are advised to follow the recommended detour along Napier Street. Construction barriers have been installed on the east side but the Thames Valley Parkway remains open with restrictions anticipated in the future.
“Public cooperation and patience is required while this valuable neighbourhood connection is renewed,” says Doug MacRae, Division Manager of Transportation Planning and Design at the City of London. “Unauthorized entry of this construction site is a hazardous activity.”
London Police will be monitoring the area after regular construction hours and are working with the City of London to remind the public of the seriousness of the hazards associated with the construction zone.
“Our priority is public safety,” said Sgt David Ellyatt, Community Oriented Response Unit, London Police Service. “People who enter into working construction areas are potentially putting themselves at significant risk.”
Anyone who has witnessed trespassing or suspicious activity in and around the construction site is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.
It is estimated that the bridge will remain closed until November 2018.
Fencing and “No Trespassing” signs currently surrounding the Blackfriars Bridge construction zone. Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda