VICTORIA, BC — In the coming weeks, crews will begin realignment of roads on the east and west sides of the Johnson Street Bridge. Road work will occur downtown along Pandora Avenue for three weeks in June and at the intersection of Esquimalt and Harbour Roads from June through September. This advances work originally anticipated for 2015. To avoid delays, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Victoria West side:
From June through August, crews will create a new four-way intersection at Esquimalt and Harbour Roads. Temporary lane reductions will be in place. Vehicles wishing to access Harbour Road will be rerouted to Tyee Road while work is underway. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained with some detours in place.
In September, a new connection to the existing bridge will open from the new intersection of Harbour and Esquimalt. The new eastern extension of Esquimalt Road will be part of the new road that will eventually connect with the new bridge. The new intersection will include new sidewalks and crosswalks and a new extension of Harbour Road south of Esquimalt, connecting to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and future waterfront green space.
Once the intersection of Harbour and Esquimalt Roads is done this fall, all major road work related to the bridge project will be complete on the west side.
Starting the week of June 2, crews will undertake work to realign the Pandora Avenue approach to the existing Johnson Street Bridge. The work is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete. Once in place, the new alignment will maintain access to the current bridge while making space for crews to work on new roads to the new bridge outside of the traffic flow. Upon completion, no further bridge related road work will occur in the downtown area for the remainder of the summer.
Over the summer months, the public can expect to see significant progress in the harbour with the construction of the new bridge foundation and piers.
What’s Next and How to Learn More:
This fall, BC Hydro will relocate a hydro duct on the downtown side of the bridge from September through November. Temporary lane closures will be in place while work is underway.
The public is invited to attend a drop-in coffee session Wednesday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Swans Hotel, in the Collard Room, to learn more about the next phase of construction activity. Information will also be available at JohnsonStreetBridge.com
The existing Johnson Street Bridge will continue to remain open throughout construction. Once complete, more than 50 per cent of the new bridge will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway in addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles. Three new public plaza spaces will be created with new landscaping and the addition of more than 30 new trees. The project is expected to be complete by spring of 2016.
For the latest information on the project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com
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