Recognizing the importance of the holiday season for downtown merchants and shoppers, upgrades to 100-year-old water, storm drain, and sewer service currently underway downtown near the Johnson Street Bridge will break for the holidays beginning Saturday, December 7.
Related utility replacement work will continue in December along Harbour Road and Esquimalt Road but will avoid the downtown area.
Bridge construction in the harbour will continue through December; however this work is not expected to impact commuters or parking in the area.
Construction will resume downtown Monday, December 30 in the areas of Wharf and Store Streets from Yates Street to Fisgard Street.
The utility replacement work is being done by the City in advance of new roads that will be built for the new Johnson Street Bridge. Work was originally expected to be complete by the end of November; however, due to unexpected underground conditions, it is now expected to be complete by mid-February 2014.
As work continues, traffic impacts such as delays and detours can be expected. To avoid delays, commuters are advised to take alternate routes while work is underway. Up-to-date travel information
Work will occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In an effort to minimize impacts during peak travel times, work affecting inbound traffic will be scheduled to start after 9 a.m. and work affecting outbound traffic will end by 3:30 p.m. Weekend work may occur periodically as needed.
The Johnson Street Bridge will remain open until the new bridge is complete in late 2015.