Johnson Street Rail Bridge Removal

February 15 2012

The dismantling of the rail bridge and 500 tonne counterweight will take place from Wednesday, February 22 to Saturday, February 25.

The crane barge being used to remove the rail bridge is the largest single-lift crane-barge in Western Canada. Measuring 100 metres long by 30 metres wide, the barge will fill the entire harbour area underneath the bridge.

Navigation Channel Closure

The navigation channel will be closed to all marine traffic beginning Wednesday, February 22 at midnight. It will re-open to marine traffic Saturday, February 25 at 6 a.m.

Road Bridge Traffic

The road bridge will remain open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians throughout most of the work, but traffic will be reduced to two lanes (one in each direction). Expect delays.

Full Bridge Closure

The bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Wednesday, February 22 from midnight to 6 a.m.
  • Friday, February 24 for rail removal by crane (30 minute closure, specific time TBA)
  • Saturday, February 25 from midnight to 6 a.m.


Noise Impacts

Residents and businesses near the bridge are advised to expect some noise related to the rail bridge removal:

  • Late Tuesday night (early Wednesday) between midnight and 5 a.m. as the barge arrives and anchors are lowered. The noise is about 60 decibels (volume of two people talking or a truck idling).
  • Late Friday (early Saturday) between midnight and 5 a.m. as the barge pulls up its anchors and departs the harbour.
  • Some noise may also be noticeable during the day.

This is an exciting and historic phase of the project with a lot of visible activity in the harbour. The project webcam will be capturing live coverage of the bridge work.

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