Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation
The Fifth Street Bridge crossing the Thames River in downtown Chatham was constructed in 1930 and is currently in fair to poor condition.
The Fifth Street Bridge (over Thames River), Community of Chatham will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic starting Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for rehabilitation. This is a change to the original scheduled closure date of Thursday, June 29, 2017.
The change in date is due to an adjustment to the schedule that was accommodated by the contractor. The extension of the start date does not have an impact on the opening date of December 22, 2017.The rehabilitation project consists of removal of the existing Fifth Street Bridge superstructure, rehabilitation of both the abutments and centre piers, installation of new structural steel and concrete decking. Also included are the relocation of Bell Canada utilities onto the new structure, roadway reconstruction in the vicinity of the structure and the reconstruction of the traffic signals at the corner of King Street and Fifth Street.
The structure will be reopened to the public later this year with the balance of any remaining work being completed by June 20, 2018. Work completed in 2018 may require some lane restrictions which will be communicated at that time.
A Public Information Centre was held on February 9, 2017 to present the recommended solution for the bridge for public feedback.
In the download section of this page you will find the Fifth Street Bridge Class Environmental Assessment Study Report.