Beginning this week’s #BridgingForTheFuture Throwback Thursday, the following photograph, ca. 1912, from the Ian D. Cameron Collection courtesy of Elgin County Archives, showcases the inner harbour at Port Stanley, looking southeast. The view includes the Purdom Cottage, the Hillcrest Hotel/Hillcrest Inn and Hillcrest observation tower (located immediately to the north or left of the bridge), the original Port Stanley Town Hall (constructed in 1877), and the Payne House (constructed in 1873 by Port Stanley postmaster and customs officer Manuel Payne). 

This week crews continue painting interior walls and floors within the east control tower in advance of new and refurbished machinery arriving, like one of the many gearboxes showcased in the featured image. Electrical crews also continue their work of removing original, outdated electrical conduit and wiring. Additionally, removal of the existing traffic gates has also started in advance of replacement equipment (both seen below) anticipated to be installed within the coming weeks.

Proposed construction activities anticipated to completed next week includes installation of concrete bases for the new traffic gates, continuing the electrical removals, and beginning new electrical conduit and wiring installation in the trunnion pits.

This week’s construction progress report containing additional information and photos is now available on the project webpage.

Stay safe #PortStanley, and stay #ElginStrong!