The Blackfriars Bridge above the Thames River in London, Ontario was recently featured in "Transportation Talk" Spring 2019. Chris McRae (City of London) and Chris Haines (Dillon) co-wrote the article highlighting the journey to restore the wrought iron truss bridge. The iconic 65 m long 142 year-old wrought-iron structure, connects Ridout Street North to Blackfriars Street. It is the longest working span of it's kind in North America and the oldest metal bridge in Ontario.
Dillon has worked with the City of London regarding the Blackfriars Bridge for many years, completing an Environmental Assessment in 2015 to evaluate alternative solutions for the future use of the bridge. Recognizing its heritage value and the value to the community, the preferred alternative includes a one-way eastbound vehicle lane with a westbound cycling lane and sidewalk. Dillon completed the detailed design in 2017 and provided tendering services for the bridge rehabilitation and approach modifications at Ridout Street and Thames Valley Parkway. The bridge was re-opened to the public in December 2018.