Victoria Bridge Sidewalk Opening

Starting on Tuesday, April 9, the sidewalk on the east side of Victoria Bridge will be open and accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists should dismount to safely cross the bridge.  

The temporary pedestrian bridge will also be closed starting April 9, for crews to begin necessary preparations to dismantle and remove it. The removal of the pedestrian bridge is an important step towards project completion anticipated later this summer. 

During this time, access to Thames Park from the south side of the bridge (from Ridout Street) and the Thames Park parking lot will be limited. These restrictions are required for crews to finish restoration work near the entrance of Thames Park.  

Active Transportation Crossing:   

  • The temporary pedestrian bridge will be closed starting April 9. The detour will be adjusted to direct pedestrians and cyclists along Horton Street to Ridout Street and across the newly constructed Victoria Bridge on the new sidewalk (east side). Fencing and guard rails will be installed to separate and protect all users from construction that’s underway to wrap up the project. People should watch for wayfinding signage to help safely navigate along Ridout Street and over the new bridge. Cyclists should dismount to safely cross the bridge.  

 TVP Connections:   

  • The new sidewalk across the bridge will connect to the existing TVP detour south of the Victoria Bridge, which sends pedestrians and cyclists along Carfrae Street to Carfrae Crescent/Richmond Street. This arrangement will remain in place until the Victoria Bridge and TVP pathways are completed and opened later this summer. 

Access to Thames Park: 

  • Visitors are encouraged to access Thames Park from the pathway on Wortley Road. The construction site will be signed to make pedestrians and cyclists aware of access limitations as we finish remaining work on Victoria Bridge and look forward to a full reopening later this summer.  
Victoria Bridge Detour Map

Upcoming Project Milestones:  

  • Restoration to the Thames Park entrance and parking lot 
  • Restoration of the Thames Valley Parkway 
  • Restoration of the pathways and tennis courts at Thames Park 
  • Full reopening of Victoria Bridge to all modes of transportation 

About the project:  

Victoria Bridge is located on Ridout Street South over the Thames River, south of Horton Street East, next to Thames Park. The new Victoria Bridge includes a widened deck surface to better accommodate pedestrians, bicycle traffic, and improved connectivity with the Thames Valley Parkway. 

We acknowledge with gratitude the financial support provided by the Government of Canada for the Victoria Bridge project through the Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF). 

Last modified:Monday, April 08, 2024