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Blackfriars Bridge to receive official send-off from city before removal for rehabilitation

Blackfriars Bridge to receive official send-off from city before removal for rehabilitation
From Global News - November 14, 2017

The 142-year-old Blackfriars Bridge will receive an official send-off from the city later this week before the historic span is dismantled and removed for long-awaited rehabilitation work.

The event, set to take place on the western edge of the bridge between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, will serve as a temporary farewell to the bridge that has spanned the Thames since 1875, the city said.

Mayor Matt Brown will appear at the send-off alongside London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos, and Michael Bartlett, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Western. All three will give remarks. In addition, Doug MacRae, manager of transportation planning and design for the city, will give a bridge removal announcement and technical briefing to those present, according to the city.


The wrought iron bridge officially closed to the publicless than a month ago so work could commence removing pedestrian fencing, traffic and pedestrian railings, and deck boards. Over the next year, the bridge will be restored at an off-site facility before being reassembled at the river in the fall of 2018.

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