Blackfriars Bridge Open To Pedestrians

Photo by Tegan Moore Photo by Tegan Moore

London’s oldest bridge is back in business, for pedestrians and cyclists at least.

The 138-year-old bridge has been closed to cars since May and to walkers, runners and bicyclists since August, after crews flagged serious structural problems on the bridge.

On Thursday, a fenced-in walkway was erected on the bridge to allow foot and bicycle traffic across.

“Remedial efforts have been made to ensure safe access for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to use this popular junction to downtown,” says Edward Soldo, Director of Roads and Transportation. “We appreciate the understanding and patience of all Londoners during this time of temporary measures while we undergo further assessment of the bridge.”

In September, London City Council voted to launch an environmental assessment of the city’s oldest bridge, and to spend $260,000 on repairs to make it stable enough for bikers and walkers.

Council is now waiting on the results of the assessment, which will launch in 2014 to decide whether the bridge could undergo two years of major repairs with a $2.5-million price tag. It’s estimated a full rehab could give the bridge 60 or 70 more years of life.

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