Installation of New Johnson Street Bridge Begins

October 30 2013

Today, crews began installation of the first piece of foundation for the new Johnson Street Bridge. The 42-tonne and 34-metre long steel pipe, also known as a caisson or large pile, was hoisted by crane at approximately 12:30 p.m. and will be secured in the bedrock over the next week. The large steel pipe is one of 16 that will form the foundation of the new bascule pier (lifting part) for the new Johnson Street Bridge.

Foundation install 1

Foundation install 2

Foundation install 3

Installation of the foundation will continue until the end of February 2014. More than 40 workers are on site constructing the foundation of the new bridge.

The current bridge will remain open to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and marine traffic until the new bridge opens in late 2015. The project remains on schedule.

The new bridge will feature on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail, a pedestrian pathway, and will improve overall accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists 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, the highest standard in current bridge design code for Canada.

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.

PCL Constructors Westcoast continues to recruit locally for contractors and trades positions. The Urban Development Institute believes the new bridge will encourage and strengthen development opportunities estimated to be in excess of half a billion dollars in Victoria West and downtown Victoria. This includes economic benefits from new development and overall revitalization of the area.

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