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blackfriars bridge in 2016

Blackfriars Bridge Rehabilitation

Blackfriars Bridge Removal and Rehabilitation Project

Blackfriars Bridge, located in London, Ontario is recognized as a nationally-significant cultural heritage resource. It is a rare example of a wrought iron bowstring arch-truss bridge.

Following the completion of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, the contract for the rehabilitation of the Blackfriars Bridge was awarded to McLean Taylor Construction Limited.

Throughout the Blackfriars Bridge rehabilitation process, the City of London will be sharing photos and videos. Our most recent milestone was on November 27, 2017, when the project team successfully lifted, lowered and removed the Blackfriars Bridge. View the full video!

Construction Updates:

April 24, 2018: Completed arch pieces ready for painting!

completed arch pieces ready for painting

Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

April 17, 2018: Welding of the new arches underway.

welding of the phoenix sections onto the new arch on April 17 2018

Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

April 4, 2018: Crews return to site and begin reinforcing the abutments.

April 4 crews return to site to start reinforcing  the abutments



Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

March 5, 2018: Blackfriars Bridge hot riveting is underway.

hot riveting process buttonVideo Credit: MJ Idzerda

January 22, 2018: Blackfriars Bridge members have been sandblasted and ready for inspection.

disassembled pieces of blackfriars bridge that have been sandblasted


Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

November 27, 2017: Blackfriars Bridge being carefully dismantled in preparation for its journey to an off-site facility for rehabilitation.

blackfriars bridge being carefully dismantled on land


Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

November 27, 2017: Blackfriars Bridge lifted, lowered and removed.

blackfrairs bridge lift video linkVideo Credit: Dana Wachter

November 22, 2017: Blackfriars Bridge stripped to bare bones in order to lighten the load for the lift.

blackfriars bridge on noember 22


Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

November 16, 2017: Community send-off celebration at the Blackfriars Bridge construction site.

blackfrairs bridge send off celebration video linkVideo Credit: Dana Wachter

November 13, 2017: Removal of stringers on Blackfriars Bridge.

blackfriars bridge on november 13 2017 with stringers being removed.






Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

October 6, 2017: Removal of pedestrian fencing and railings on Blackfriars Bridge.

blackfrairs bridge traffic and pedestrian railing removal

 Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

October 2, 2017: Blackfriars Bridge is closed to all users (both pedestrians and cyclists).

Blackfriars Bridge constrcution zone on October 6 2017


Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

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