Blackfriars Bridge reopens to pedestrians, cyclists
Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:31PM EST
London’s historic Blackfriars Bridge is now open for pedestrian and cyclist use only, after being closed earlier this year for interim repairs.
Edward Soldo, director of Roads and Transportation, said in a statement "Remedial efforts have been made to ensure safe access for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to use this popular junction to downtown...We appreciate the understanding and patience of all Londoners during this time of temporary measures while we undergo further assessment of the bridge.”
The city says access has been restricted to a pedestrian pathway by using temporary fencing until an environmental assessment can be done to help decide on other repair options.
The assessment is expected to begin in 2014 and will involve community input and an engineering consultation on the feasibility of full rehabilitation for the bridge.
The city says the assessment will take into account the heritage characteristics and unique structure of the bridge, and be an informed and consultative process between staff, council and the public.
Once the environmental assessment is complete, recommendations will be made to city council on the future of the bridge, which was originally constructed in 1875.