On August 12, 2010, the City of Victoria Council voted to borrow $49.2 million to replace the Johnson Street Bridge.
City Council made its decision after reviewing extensive public consultation including:
- over 325 emails or letters;
- hundreds of phone calls requesting information or asking questions about options;
- personal contact with citizens during open houses, at local markets and at the bridge;
- a representative survey of businesses in Downtown Victoria;
- a representative survey of residents of Victoria;
- and 2600 Mail-in Surveys.
The replacement bridge is estimated to cost $77 million, and is expected to be completed by 2015. The new bridge will provide on-road bicycle lanes, a multi-use path, a dedicated pedestrian walkway on the south, realigned road approaches, a connection to a future harbour pathway, widened marine channel, connections to the Galloping Goose and E & N trails, and consolidated green space.