Elgin County is pleased to announce that, following an extensive 19 month rehabilitation and unfortunate delays due to the ongoing pandemic, the #KingGeorgeVILiftBridge in Port Stanley is finally reopened to the public!

The Bridge which first opened to the public on May 15, 1939 and was named in honour of King George VI who was visiting Canada at the time, has served and stood watch over of the Village of Port Stanley for over eight (8) decades, and will continue to operate as a moveable bridge extending its lifecycle another 25 years, #BridgingForTheFuture between our past and our future.

The recent rehabilitation work completed by Landform Civil Infrastructure Inc. included concrete repairs, structural steel reinforcement upgrades, sandblasting and repainting, and a total replacement of the Bridge’s electrical, control, and mechanical systems.

The Bridge opened following a small ribbon-cutting ceremony held moments ago with County Councillors and media in attendance. Regrettably a larger community event was not possible in accordance with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of such an event, a video celebrating the Bridge’s long and interesting history has been developed and is now available for you to enjoy here!

On behalf of Elgin County Council and the Project Team, we sincerely want to thank everyone for your continuous patience over the last 19 months, and we also encourage everyone to visit Port Stanley’s many cherished award winning food, shopping, live arts and entertainment options!