The Windermere Road Bridge will be closed for several months due to construction and motorists who disobeyed the current road closure.
Days after residents in the area spoke out about drivers disobeying the closure, London Police have announced the bridge will be closed to all through traffic for “several months.”
The Windermere Road closure stretches from Doon Drive to Adelaide Street. Only emergency vehicles will be permitted while the closure is in place.
The move comes after London Police met with City of London staff, emergency services personnel the contractors responsible for fixing the bridge.
“It was determined that it is not safe to allow any through traffic as a result of motorists disobeying the previous closure,” Police Constable Sandasha Bough said in a release.
McLean Taylor Contractors has been hired to fix and widen the bridge, just west of Adelaide Street. At first, the decision was made to fix and widen the bridge one lane at a time, which opened the door for some motorists to disregard the road closure signs in place.
Work began on the eastbound lane, allowing westbound traffic to cross the bridge, but not anymore.
“The fine for violating this by-law is $180 and motorists can expect to see police patrolling the area on a regular basis,” said Bough.
The closure is bound to impact traffic on Adelaide Street, where over 30,000 vehicles travel each day. It’s estimated as many as 13,000 vehicles use Windermere on a daily basis, meaning those drivers will now need to find an alternate route.
But that would make a bigger mess for more people by backing up traffic at nearby Adelaide Street, where 31,000 vehicles travel each day.
As a result, many of the 13,000 vehicles that use Windermere daily have to find alternate routes.
London Police said they are concerned about safety in the area.
“Of greater concern to police though are those motorists who blatantly choose to disregard the closure putting all other road users including cyclists and pedestrians as well as construction workers at an incredible risk,” Bough said.
Road work began April 26th, the city hall said the closure will remain in place until work is complete in the fall of 2016.
According to the city website, work isn’t expected to wrap up until November 18th.