Arctic Tuk Crane in Johnson Street Bridge Marine Channel Next Week

September 11 2015

VICTORIA, BC — The skyline around the new Johnson Street Bridge will include one of the largest cranes in Western Canada next week. The Arctic Tuk – the same crane that removed the rail span from the existing Johnson Street Bridge in 2012 – will stand high above the new bridge project as it places the concrete spans that will form the road approaches.

The crane will arrive by barge early Monday morning and be positioned in the marine travel channel in order to place the large concrete sections that arrived in Victoria last week.

To accommodate this work, the marine channel under the Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all marine traffic from Monday, September 14 to Friday September 18. This closure includes all vessels including industrial and commercial vessels, and smaller boats such as sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.

In addition to the marine closure, on Monday, September 14, from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to allow a final piece of the rail span to be removed and a section of the new bridge installed in its place.

Periodic traffic delays throughout the week are expected as some short term bridge lifts may be required to accommodate the work.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

What:              An opportunity to view the Arctic Tuk removing a final piece of the existing rail span

When:             Monday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where:           The north east side of the bridge in the Mermaid Wharf parking lot or near Canoe Club

Citizens wishing to view the harbour activity can get the best view from the north east side of the bridge near Canoe Club or online on the project webcam.

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