Bridge Closure FAQs

Updated: October 16

When will the University Drive Bridge be closed?

University Drive Bridge will close to all motorized vehicles, effective Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:00 a.m. The bridge is safe for pedestrians and bicycles.

How long will it be closed?

The bridge will be closed for several months.

Why is this just being discovered now?

The sudden closing of University Drive Bridge is a result of a structural engineering firm’s findings that highlighted issues with the bearings underneath the bridge. As a result, they recommended the bridge be shut down to vehicular traffic as soon as possible.

Where can I get alternate bus routes and schedules?

LTC Bus traffic will be re-routed starting Monday, October 15, 2018 and the bridge will be closed to all other motorized traffic starting at 5:00 am on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Latest LTC Bus Detour Information: http://www.londontransit.ca/2018/10/10/university-drive-bridge-detour/

Shuttles that would ordinarily use the bridge while traveling between Western and Brescia, Huron and King's university colleges will be rerouted.

Anyone with concerns, comments or questions can call the Bridge Closure Hotline Number at 519-661-3003, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What do I do if I require accommodations due to LTC bus disruption?

Please contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 ext. 85501

What prompted the inspection that discovered this issue?

In late September, a structural engineering firm’s routine inspection – conducted with the help of drones – showed unexpected issues that led to a more detailed examination the first weekend in October.

Has Western been putting people’s safety at risk every time a car crossed that bridge?

No. University Bridge is safe.

Will the bridge ever reopen to vehicular traffic?

The repairs that we're doing right now will add another five years of life to the bridge. During that window, Western will need to make some decisions around what to do with the bridge in the long-term.

Does this mean rapid transit will never go through Western's campus?

The Rapid Transit Bus (BRT) plan could have an impact on the future of University Bridge.

Who is responsible for the bridge and why has it not been kept up to more modern standards?

The 95-year-old bridge is owned and regularly maintained by Western.

How much will the repairs costs and who is paying for them?

Western owns the bridge and is responsible for its upkeep. Repairs last took place in 2016, when bracing was installed around the piers at a cost of slightly less than $400,000. Until this latest development, repairs had been planned and budgeted for Spring 2019, with inspections scheduled in the interim. Costs are yet to be determined.

What can the campus community expect moving forward?

  • Bus traffic will be re-routed starting Monday, October 15, 2018 and the bridge will be closed to all other motorized traffic starting at 5:00 am on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
  • Shuttles that would ordinarily use the bridge between Western and Brescia, Huron and King's University colleges will be rerouted.
  • Design work will take place to determine exactly what repairs are necessary.
  • A contractor will be engaged to do the repairs.
  • Planning will take place to determine long-term use and function of bridge in light of over-all traffic management on and off campus.

Where do I catch the Greyhound bus that picks up at Western?

Starting this Friday, October 19, due to the Bridge closure on campus, Greyhound will no longer be picking up in Front of Elgin Residence; instead, Greyhound will pick up at the LTC Stop Sign in from of Richmond Gates, on the east side of Richmond. Greyhound will continue to pick up on Oxford Dr. in front of UCC Building. Pick up times will not change. For complete pick up times, please visit www.greyhound.ca

Where can I get more information?

Anyone with concerns, comments or questions can call the Bridge Closure Hotline Number at 519-661-3003, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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