Firstly, in this week’s edition of #BridgingForTheFuture¬†Throwback Thursday, the following photograph is provided to us from the Ian D. Cameron Collection courtesy of Elgin County Archives, which showcases Bridge Street, looking east from George Street, ca. 1900. This view includes the Franklin House Hotel (on the modern day site of the LCBO), and Herrick’s Cafe, opposite the Franklin House on the south side of Bridge Street. Also note the gas lamp street light and cement sidewalk on the south side of Bridge Street.¬†

It certainly has been a cold and snowy week. Despite the weather, crews are continuing the tedious task of removing outdated electrical and bridge control systems, and reburnishing offsite many of the original machinery equipment. In addition, crews have begun painting the many interior wall and floor surfaces, and low speed machinery supports in advance of new electrical conduit, panels and mechanical replacement equipment being installed.

The recent periodic need to lower and raise the west bridge span following removal of the electrical systems has been accommodated using the following mechanism, powered with the support of a portable generator.

With the Southwestern Public Health Region having recently returned to the Red-Control Level of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework, this ends the stay-at-home order and second lockdown in our region, which in turn has allowed many of our cherished businesses and services to reopen with strict precautions in place. If you’re looking to Shop, Dine, Stay, and/or Play, and are looking for a complete list of all local businesses and services, visit Port Stanley today!

Stay safe #PortStanley, & Stay #ElginStrong…!