A bridge that was closed to the public thanks to rogue drivers ignoring construction signs has once again reopened.
In a release, the City of London said that Windermere Bridge (on Windermere Rd. between Doon Dr. and Adelaide St.) has opened to the public just in time for the first day of school and eight weeks ahead of schedule.
The bridge has been closed since May for construction to fix and widen it.
Work first began on the eastbound lane, allowing westbound traffic to cross the bridge, however police soon put an end to that by patrolling and reminding drivers of a $180 fine for violating the by-law.
It’s estimated as many as 13,000 vehicles use Windermere on a daily basis and there was concern from police about road safety on nearby Adelaide St. due to an increase in traffic.
According to the city website, work wasn’t supposed to be finished until Nov. 18.
Completed work includes concrete repairs, removal of expansion joints, new railings and guide rails and a widened bridge platform to accommodate future bike lanes and a multi-use pathway.
Continuing repair work beneath the bridge is expected to finish up in mid-September.