VICTORIA, BC — Construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge will begin in May. The current bridge will remain open to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and marine traffic until the new bridge opens in late 2015.
Equipment will soon arrive at the construction site and crews will begin to clear and grade land in preparation for construction. Visible work will be seen this June when two temporary trestles are built on the north sides of the bridge to support cranes and equipment to build the bridge. This summer, crews will also upgrade century-old water, sewer, and storm utility pipes in advance of new road alignments that will be built for the bridge.
While the existing bridge is expected to remain open throughout construction, some impacts such as traffic delays, detours, and noise will be unavoidable at times. The public are invited to attend a drop-in information session to learn more about upcoming construction activity:
Thursday, May 2
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Swans Hotel, Collard Room
506 Pandora Avenue
Sunday, May 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Harbour Room
45 Songhees Road
Information will also be available on the project website www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com for those who are unable to attend.
With construction, opportunities for local suppliers and trades are expected. PCL Constructors Westcoast has been recruiting locally for trades positions. Based on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ calculation for short-term job creation per million dollars of infrastructure investment, about 900 short-term jobs are expected as a result of this project.
Local hotels, restaurants and adjacent businesses are also expected to benefit from construction. The Urban Development Institute estimates that construction of the new bridge will have long-term local economic benefits in excess of $500 million. This includes economic benefits from new development and overall revitalization of the area.
Upon completion, the new bridge will be the largest single-leaf bascule bridge in Canada – and one of the largest in the world – creating a new iconic structure and destination within Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It will feature new pathways and bike lanes, improving overall accessibility for cyclists, pedestrians, and those who use mobility aids. It will also feature new plaza areas for the public to view the harbour, an improved navigation channel for marine vessels, and will be built to a lifeline seismic standard. A public art piece and new public green space are planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.
For the latest information on the project, and to view the project webcam, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com
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For More Information:
Katie Josephson, Director of Communications
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343