Bridge Restrictions Alter Bus Routes

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Update: March 20, 2016

NORMAL LTC BUS ROUTES RESUME TUESDAY, MARCH 22. DETOUR ROUTES AND SHUTTLES REMAIN FOR MONDAY, MARCH 21.

Load testing on Western’s University Drive bridge is now complete and larger-scale, articulated (60-foot) London Transit Commission (LTC) buses can once again cross the bridge. Starting Tuesday, March 22 the 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond and 13 Wellington buses will resume their normal routes. In the meantime, detour routes for the 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond and 13 Wellington remain in effect and Western’s limited, temporary on-campus shuttle service will continue until normal LTC routes resume Tuesday.

Update: March 15, 2016

UNIVERSITY DRIVE BRIDGE CLOSED TO VEHICLES SATURDAY, MARCH 19
 
Western’s University Drive bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, March 19 for load testing. The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians during this time.
 
The bridge has been closed to larger-scale, articulated (60-foot) London Transit Commission (LTC) buses since March 4 following a recent engineering inspection and load evaluation. During this time, the LTC 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond and 13 Wellington bus routes have been detoured and Western has provided a limited, temporary on-campus shuttle service to help LTC riders reach their campus destinations.
 
Western will communicate the results of the bridge load test and any implications once they have been fully assessed.

Update: March 10, 2016

Following a recent engineering inspection and load evaluation of the University Drive bridge, larger-scale, articulated (60-foot) London Transit Commission (LTC) buses cannot currently cross the bridge. LTC 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond, and 13 Wellington routes are the only ones that cross the University Drive bridge, so only those routes are impacted. This issue does not affect any other buses from routes that come onto campus or normal vehicular traffic. Repairs on the bridge began the week of March 7 and we anticipate work will be completed within three weeks, pending a positive load test outcome.

As of Friday, March 11, the LTC is providing enhanced detour routes for the 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond and 13 Wellington which provide passengers more options to reach their campus destinations:

  • Route 6 Richmond: North on Richmond Street, left on Windermere Road, left on Perth Drive, right on the Hospital Access Road (north of the parking garage), right on Western Road, right on Windermere Road, right on Richmond Street to regular route
  • 6A Richmond/2C Dundas. Northbound: North on Richmond Street, left on Windermere Road, left on Perth Drive, right on Middlesex Drive to Natural Science to regular route
  • 6A Richmond/2C Dundas. Southbound: Regular route
  • 13 Wellington Northbound: North on Richmond Street, left on Windermere Drive, left on Perth Drive, right on the Hospital Access Road (north of the parking garage), right on Western Road, right on Windermere Drive, left on Richmond Street to regular route
  • 13 Wellington Southbound: South on Richmond Street, right on Windermere Road, left on Perth Drive, right on the Hospital Access Road (north of the parking garage), right on Western Road, right on Windermere Road, right on Richmond Street to regular route
  • 6 Richmond to 9C Whitehills (after 7 p.m. only): North on Richmond Street, left on Windermere Road, left on Perth Drive, right on Middlesex Drive to regular route
  • 9C Whitehills to 6 Richmond (after 7 p.m. only): Regular Route

Campus Shuttles Update:

Due to the LTC implementing enhanced detour route options for the 6 Richmond, 6A Richmond and 13 Wellington as noted above, Western’s limited, temporary on-campus shuttle service has changed.

As of March 11, the main pickup point is now in front of University Hospital and the stops are at the bottom of University College Hill and in front of the Biological & Geological Sciences Building (beside the Natural Sciences Centre). The full shuttle route is available here. This service operates Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is not available on weekends. As this is a limited service, those who are physically able to walk to their campus destination are encouraged to do so. This service does not impact the shuttle buses that service the affiliated university colleges.

Accessibility:

This weekday shuttle service described above is accessible. If you require an accessible vehicle, please inform the driver. For accessible service on weekends call 519-661-2147.

Western Foot Patrol:

For those walking to their campus destinations in the evenings, Western Foot Patrol co-ed volunteer teams provide safe escorts on campus. Foot Patrol operates Sunday to Thursday, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Please visit www.uwo.ca/footpatrol/
 
Updates will continue to be posted on the LTC website and on this website on an ongoing basis.

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