The Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians on Sunday, February 17 from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. as a contractor completes repairs to the fender beneath the bridge.
Traffic will be rerouted to the Point Ellice (Bay Street) Bridge during this time. The navigational channel will also be closed to marine traffic.
This work is unrelated to the construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge. The in-water work involves repairing the fendering system of the existing Johnson Street Bridge by replacing damaged wood piles on the west side of the crossing with new wood piles.
The damage was caused last year when the fender was struck by a barge passing beneath 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.
The bridge will be in an upright position to accommodate repair work that will take place directly beneath the bridge. The fender repair work is expected to continue until the end of next week. Beyond the bridge closure Sunday morning, no further traffic impacts are anticipated.
On Friday, February 15, crews will also be on the west side of the bridge conducting geotechnical investigation work related to the construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge. Traffic will not be impacted.
For more information: City of Victoria Public Works 250.361.0400 (weekdays) or 250.385.5711 (after hours / weekend)