On Tuesday, February 12, crews will begin work to repair the fendering systems for the existing Johnson Street Bridge. The in-water work involves replacing damaged wood piles on the west side of the crossing with new wood fenders. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
The Johnson Street Bridge will remain open to vehicle and marine traffic throughout most of the work. However, the public are advised that a full bridge closure is expected on the evening of Saturday, February 16 as the bridge is lifted into an upright position while work is completed directly beneath the bridge. The navigational channel will also be closed to marine traffic during this time. The bridge will re-open to all traffic on Sunday, February 17. The City will issue a media advisory and notifications through the local media, social media, and the website once the specific closure time is known.
This work is unrelated to the construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge. The damage was caused last year when the fender was struck by a barge passing underneath the bridge. Collisions are not common but they do happen from time to time.
A bridge fender is made of wood pilings and is in place to protect the bridge structure in the event of a collision. As the existing bridge will continue to be in operation until the new bridge opens in 2015 the fender must be repaired.