City eyes $14M Victoria Bridge replacement
An aging London bridge that carries 12,000 vehicles between downtown and Old South daily is being eyed for a $14-million replacement.
The 1926- vintage Victoria Bridge, which straddles the Thames River on Ridout Street, is deteriorating rapidly and needs to be replaced soon, city staff said in a stark report.
“Any time we talk about bridges, we want to make sure they’re in good working order. The other thing we know about bridges is that they’re not cheap. But it’s work that has to be done,” Coun. Tanya Park, whose Ward 13 includes part of the bridge, said of the plan.
City staff detailed the structure’s flaws in a report heading to council’s civic works committee next week, writing that Victoria Bridge is “showing advanced deterioration,” forcing escalating and emergency repairs.
Some parts of the original 1875 bridge — including the centre pier, which was later widened — are part of the current structure, but it does not carry a heritage designation.
The bridge is part of a key corridor for those who travel to and from Old South, including vehicles and bicycle traffic. The proposed replacement project would close Ridout Street south of the bridge for a year and reroute cyclists onto a temporary bridge.
Improvements also would be made to the portion of the Thames Valley Parkway running below one end of the bridge during construction.
Park is eager to see options for cyclists.
“We have to have a good plan in place. The Thames Valley Parkway is a very heavily used path system, because there are a lot of cyclists that live in south London and central London,” she said.
But the new Victoria Bridge isn’t expected to be built before 2021, and the cash has to be allocated during the next multi-year budget.
The suggested replacement, an arched bridge, would be roomier. The proposed span would include two vehicle lanes, a sidewalk, an on-street bicycle lane on the east side of the bridge and a multi-use pathway on the west. email@example.com twitter.com/MeganatLFPress
Victoria Bridge, on Ridout Street south of Horton, is deteriorating rapidly and pegged for a $14-million replacement. A report detailing results of an environmental study of the project heads to city council’s civic works committee next week.