More than a year after it was lifted from its place over the Thames River for an extensive multi-million dollar rehabilitation, London’s historic Blackfriars Bridge will officially reopen in less than two weeks.
The 143-year-old bridge underwent a nine-month restoration after a structural evaluation in 2013 found corrosion and other structural deficiencies.
Indoor restoration work commenced last winter, and over the summer, the bridge’s frame was re-assembled near the river. It was finally lowered into place in August.
Since then, crews have been installing the bridge deck and readying the bridge for its grand re-opening, which is set to take place on Dec. 1. As part of the event, officials say a “mini-parade” will move across the bridge, but no further details were provided.
The work is expected to add 75 years or more to the bridge’s life span.
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The bridge was closed to vehicles in 2013 and closed to pedestrians in October 2017 ahead of the long-awaited rehabilitation. The final cost of the repairs has not been released.