Update on Utility Replacement Work Near Johnson Street Bridge

March 12 2014

Work to replace 100-year-old underground utilities on the east and west sides of the Johnson Street Bridge is nearing completion. Thank you for your patience as crews complete new service connections and restoration to the area.

While the City had anticipated work would be complete at the end of February, due to unexpected conditions, final completion is now expected for April.

Traffic Impacts

Final connections to a new water service main are underway for properties along Store and Wharf Streets followed by restoration to the roads and sidewalks. Restoration work is also underway along Esquimalt Road. This may result in some delays for drivers and cyclists and temporary sidewalk closures for pedestrians. For the latest travel information, visit the Travel Information page.

Temporary Water Service Interruptions / Water Discoloration

Business and property owners will be notified in advance if their building will be impacted by a temporary water service interruption as crews connect properties to the new water main.

As crews connect properties to the new water main, some temporary water discoloration and low water pressure can be expected. Should you notice any water discolouration, run your taps until the water is clear. If you have any questions about your service connection, please call 250.361.0300.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued patience. Service improvements from this work include a new water main that will offer improved service for businesses and residents, a seismically upgraded fire service water main, a new sewer main that will provide increased capacity for a growing downtown population, and an upgraded stormwater main to improve drainage and help prevent flooding. These upgrades are being made in advance of new roads that will be built for the new bridge.Utility Replacement Work March 2014

The existing Johnson Street Bridge will stay open throughout construction as crews build the new bridge to the north. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic in late 2015.

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