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blackfriars bridge in 2016

Blackfriars Bridge Rehabilitation

Blackfriars Bridge

Erected in 1875, Blackfriars Bridge is one of the oldest and rarest bridges in Canada. The bridge spans the north branch of the Thames River, connecting Ridout Street to Blackfriars Street. It also provides pedestrians and cyclists a connection between segments of the Thames Valley Parkway located along the banks of the river.

It was designed and constructed in the era of the horse and wagon, when vehicles were generally much slower and lighter than used today.The distinctive bowstring arch-truss configuration was popular due to its aesthetically pleasing appearance and economic use of materials.

blackfriars bridge in 1875








Above is a picture of Blackfriars Bridge in its original state.

The Blackfriars Bridge superstructure was fabricated from wrought iron, a common construction material for the time. Only two other predominantly wrought iron bridge structures remain in Ontario; one in Huron County (1885) and the other in Leeds and Grenville County (1911).

Blackfriars Bridge was designated as a Heritage Structure under the Ontario Heritage Act (Part IV) on April 21, 1992. In addition, it is listed on the Ontario Heritage Bridge List and is included on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Following a detailed inspection and evaluation in 2013, the City of London completed temporary repairs, restricted bridge to pedestrian and cyclist-only use, and identified the need for a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to evaluate alternative solutions for the future use of Blackfriars Bridge.

Blackfriars Bridge Rehabilitation

The contract for the rehabilitation of the Blackfriars Bridge has been awarded to McLean-Taylor Construction Limited (M-T).

Construction Updates:


Bridge Closure

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

October 6, 2017: Pedestrian fencing and railings have been removed.

Blackfriars Bridge on October 6 2017

 Photo Credit: MJ Idzerda

Bridge Removal

Removal of the bridge is expected to be in early November. Information regarding the removal of the bridge will be shared at a later date, when M-T has refined their work program further.

Bridge Reconstruction

Throughtout the reconstrcution process, the City of London will be sharing photos and videos of Blackfriars Bridge as it is rehabilitated offsite. Check back regularly for updates.

a rendering of the future of Blackfriars Bridge

 Above is a rendering of Blackfriars Bridge in its future state.

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