In advance of the Victoria Day long weekend, the west span of the #KingGeorgeVILiftBridge has once again been reopened for marine watercraft!

Courtesy of Elgin County Archives, this photo from the St. Thomas Times-Journal was published on March 6, 1974 while then “a new see through steel-laced deck on the King George VI lift bridge at Port Stanley” was laid.

The following is a list of tasks completed this week:

  • Sidewalk wearing surface installed
  • New windows to the control towers are expected to be fully installed today
  • Continued installation of the bridge’s new control and electrical systems/motors
  • Continued installation of the east bridge span high speed machinery in the west control tower
  • Substantially balanced the west bridge span

Next week’s anticipated activities will include:

  • Continue installation of high speed machinery – anticipated to be completed next week
  • Continue installing and connecting east and west bridge control systems
  • Install the architectural street lamps posts atop of the bridge girders.

Lift Bridge Photo’s Wanted

The County of Elgin is looking for your candid photos of the King George Lift Bridge to include in our virtual re-opening celebration! We are working in conjunction with various community partners, on creating a documentary style film that will pay tribute to the history, re-construction and future of the bridge as it pertains to life in Port Stanley. Please email your photos to for consideration.