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Significant Electrical Work on the Downtown Side of the Johnson Street Bridge

March 18 2015

Wednesday March 18, 2015

For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — This week, crews have started work on the downtown side of the bridge to install electrical infrastructure that will supply power to the new Johnson Street Bridge. The work is expected to last until the end of May and will result in some changes to traffic patterns.

Work will take place along the west side of Wharf Street, near Yates Street and move north, crossing over Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue and eventually ending near the current bridge construction site and the Janion building. Some lane closures will be required and access in both directions across the bridge will be maintained for the duration of the work. Lane closures that will result in any one-way alternating traffic will occur during non-peak traffic hours. Work will be coordinated to ensure as many lanes are open as possible during the morning and afternoon commutes.

Signage will be placed throughout the affected area, however, these lane closures could result in some traffic congestion and delays on occasion, so the public is encouraged to use alternate routes if possible. A temporary pedestrian crossing at the corner of Wharf Street and Johnson Street will ensure that people walking across the Johnson Street Bridge will have continued access to downtown.

During some phases of construction, the right-hand turn lane from Johnson Street to Wharf Street will be closed to large vehicles and will result in some busses being routed up Johnson Street and back down Yates Street, so transit riders should check their bus stops for information about any changes to bus routes that cross the bridge. Some large trucks may also need to travel the Johnson Street to Yates Street route due to decreased space to make a right-hand turn, so truck drivers should watch for signage to direct them through any detours.

Over the coming months, the public can also expect to see continued progress in the harbour with the ongoing construction of the new bridge foundation and piers.The existing Johnson Street Bridge will continue to remain open throughout construction.

Harbour Road Reopens at Esquimalt Road

February 24 2015

For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are advised that Harbour Road has been reopened to vehicle traffic, marking the completion of the Esquimalt and Harbour Road intersection.

Harbour Road was closed to vehicles for the past several months as construction was mainly taking place on the west side of the bridge. Cyclist and pedestrian access remained open during that time, but with construction activities moving towards the downtown side of the bridge, Harbour Road has been reopened. Harbour Road was needed as a staging and storage area for construction materials and served as the main access road for the 120 concrete trucks needed for the February 13th bascule pier concrete pour.

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During that time, Harbour Road was the staging area for construction activities that included:

  • The newly repaved E&N trail and sidewalks that now allow pedestrians to avoid walking along Esquimalt Road in the bike lane, helping improve both cyclists and pedestrian safety
  • The addition of new traffic lights at the four-way intersection, new crosswalks and accessible sidewalks
  • Creating an extension of Harbour Road that has improved vehicle access for hotel guests and will eventually serve as entry to the future waterfront green space
  • Construction of the new roadway that will eventually connect with the new bridge

The area remains a construction zone and drivers should watch for construction signs and posted speed limits. Cyclist and pedestrian access will continue to be maintained throughout the area. Drivers can expect minor delays as the timing of traffic signals are adjusted to reflect new traffic patterns.

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 plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

Massive Johnson Street Bridge Concrete Pour This Friday

February 10 2015

VICTORIA, BC — The largest single concrete pour in recent Victoria history will start at 6 a.m. Friday morning and take place over a 24 hour period at the new Johnson Street Bridge site. This massive concrete pour will involve approximately 1100 cubic meters of concrete arriving in 120 concrete truck loads and will form the foundation of the new bascule pier.

Some lane and street closures will be required, but access in both directions across the bridge will be maintained and coordinated by flaggers during the course of the concrete pour.

The road and lane closures include the following:

  • A lane from the Harbour and Esquimalt Road intersection will be closed as concrete trucks will travel the opposite direction up the curb side lane and onto the bridge lane closest to the new bridge site
  • The bridge lane closest to the construction site will be closed to allow concrete trucks access to the pour site
  • Pandora and Johnson Streets will remain open, however bridge access from Pandora will be closed and will serve as a staging area for work crews. Drivers westbound to Esquimalt will be required to use Yates Street to access the Johnson Street Bridge.
  • Trucks will exit the construction area with the guidance of flaggers along Store Street
  • Flaggers will also be at the intersection of Bay Street and Tyee Road to allow concrete trucks to make left-hand turns from Bay onto Tyee

Traffic information boards and signage will be placed throughout the affected area to reroute drivers and cyclists as needed, however, these road and lane closures will result in traffic congestion and delays, so drivers and cyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible. Large trucks that normally would travel down Pandora Street and across the bridge should also watch for specific detours, as larger vehicles will be rerouted down Yates Street to access the bridge. During the concrete pour, the bridge must also remain in the down position, restricting some marine traffic.Light and noise around the bridge construction site should also be expected during the 24 hour period.

A concrete pour this complex requires specialized techniques, equipment and management. For instance, 120 round-trips from the concrete plant to the bridge site requires a high-level of coordination between construction crews, concrete truck drivers and traffic control personnel. In order to ensure the massive amounts of concrete remains at a suitable temperature, specialized cooling hoses coiled throughout the concrete – much the same way a radiator controls the temperature of an engine – will control the rate of cooling and ensure the concrete cures properly.

Because certain conditions are needed for a successful concrete pour and the project was weather dependent, the decision to pour this Friday was made today. The pour has been scheduled to take place on a Friday as traffic volumes are lower and impacts to commuters can be minimized.

In 2015, the public can expect to see the majority of bridge construction work move to the downtown side of the project. Significant electrical infrastructure work to bring in a power supply to the new bridge will take place over the coming months that will result in some minor changes to traffic patterns.

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 plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

The existing Johnson Street Bridge will continue to remain open throughout construction.

See a map of the affected roads for the pour on Friday here: JSB Road Closures (2)

 

New Traffic Signals in Operation on West Side of Bridge Monday

November 14 2014

VICTORIA, BC — Beginning Monday morning, new traffic signals will be in place at the intersection of Esquimalt and Harbour Roads.

Changes include new traffic lights at the new four-way intersection and new pedestrian crossings. Cyclists on Harbour Road will be able to activate the lights by positioning their bikes over a new bike detector (bike loop) at the intersection. New pavement markings will be in place to guide cyclists into position to activate the bike loop. New crosswalks and accessible sidewalks are also being added as well as a new extension of Harbour Road, connecting to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and future waterfront green space.

The existing Harbour Road, north of Esquimalt Road, will remain closed to vehicles as construction continues on the west side of the bridge. Cyclist and pedestrian access remains open.

A new posted speed limit of 20km/h is in place as the area remains a construction zone. Drivers can expect minor delays as the timing of traffic signals are adjusted to reflect new traffic patterns. Some sidewalk construction will continue over the coming weeks, so pedestrians should refer to signage advising of any detours.

The next phase of noticeable work will be seen on the downtown side, as the construction of the bascule pier and relocation of hydro utilities gets underway in January. The bascule pier is the part of the bridge that contains the mechanical and electrical systems that open and close the bridge for marine traffic.

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 plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the new bridge.

For More Information:
Katie Hamilton
Director, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning
Office: 250.361.0210
Cellular: 250.217.8343

 

 

 

 

New Road Set to Open Next Wednesday on West Side of Johnson Street Bridge

October 3 2014

VICTORIA, BC — Next week, a new road to the Johnson Street Bridge will open from the intersection of Esquimalt and Harbour Roads. Originally anticipated to open on Monday, the new road is now expected to open on Wednesday, October 8, before the morning rush.

Opening the roadway now will create more usable space for the contractor during construction and will minimize future impacts to motorists. The new road will eventually connect with the new bridge.

The new approach to the bridge includes a temporary sidewalk and an extension of the cycling lanes on Esquimalt Road. The road remains single lane traffic in both directions and the area is an active construction zone with a posted speed limit of 30 km.

The E&N Trail connection at Kimta Road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists with the existing pathway to the south side of the bridge maintained. Harbour Road will remain closed to vehicles at Esquimalt Road as work continues at the intersection until mid-November. Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained on Harbour Road.

In mid-November, a new two-way extension of Harbour Road south of Esquimalt Road will open, providing access to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and future waterfront green space. In 2016, public land on the south side of the bridge will be consolidated to create more than two acres of waterfront park space.

The new intersection will be complete by November and will include new traffic signals and improved accessibility for pedestrians with crosswalks along all four sides of the intersection. 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 plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

For the latest information on the project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com

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Johnson Street Bridge October Traffic SwitchFor More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343

City, MMM, and PCL Committed to Work Together to Deliver New Bridge

September 30 2014

VICTORIA, BC – Yesterday, officials from City of Victoria, PCL Construction, and MMM Group, met at City Hall to outline continued steps forward and partnership expectations to successfully deliver the new bridge.

As a result of yesterday’s meeting, the three project partners have agreed to expedited mediation to work through requested changes to the contract.   Tim Stanley, Executive Vice-President of MMM Group, the design consultants, and Luis Ventoza, Chief Operating Officer of Civil Infrastructure Group and Tom Beck, Vice President, Major Projects and Civil Initiatives, both from PCL Construction, met with Mayor Dean Fortin and City Manager Jason Johnson.

In terms of steel fabrication, MMM and PCL have had engineers in China over the past two weeks and have worked at length with quality assurance representatives recently added to the project.  The steel fabricator, ZTSS Bridge has taken steps to provide greater project oversight and has indicated that they will voluntarily be redoing steel fabrication for certain components of the bridge.  Further work is still underway to assess other aspects of steel fabrication to ensure it meets the highest quality and outlined safety specifications.

On-site construction continues in Victoria. Next week, road traffic will be shifted from the current road alignment to the new roads constructed north of the current bridge.   The change in traffic will occur next Monday, October 6, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., prior to the morning commute.

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 plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

For more information, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com

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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC  V8W 1P6
T 250.361.0210     C 250.217.8343

City Receives External Review of PCL Change Order Request

June 5 2014

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria is reviewing and evaluating the response prepared by MMM Group Ltd., the designer and primary consultant on the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project.

The response was submitted to the City as a reply to the request for a change order issued by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., the construction company building the new bridge. MMM has recommended rejection of PCL’s change order request.

Both the PCL change order request and MMM’s response are being reviewed and evaluated by City staff and external consultants. A change order is the usual mechanism by which a contractor communicates a change of project scope or cost to the owner for approval. The City is performing its due diligence as the owner to ensure that the interests of City taxpayers are protected. The City will provide further information once the review of the PCL change order and MMM response is complete.

Earlier this year the City received a change order request seeking an increase of $7.9 million and an extension in the timeline for completion. The City has a fixed-price contract of $62.9 million with a $2.815 million construction contingency.

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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director of Communications and Civic Engagement
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343

 

Construction Activity to Increase in Coming Months for Johnson Street Bridge

May 26 2014

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.

Downtown 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.

Harbour area:
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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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director of Communications and Civic Engagement
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343

New Left Turn on West Side of Johnson Street Bridge Open Thursday Morning

April 24 2014

VICTORIA, BC — Beginning Thursday morning, a new left-hand turn into the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort will be open on the west side of the Johnson Street Bridge. With the new entrance in place, the old entrance off the Johnson Street Bridge will close to make way for the next stage of bridge construction on the west side.

Originally anticipated to be complete by mid-May, this work has been completed ahead of schedule.

The new left-hand turn will be for vehicles arriving at the hotel from downtown. Bus traffic, vehicles travelling east and exiting the hotel parking lot will use Tyee Road. The two westbound lanes off the bridge will remain in place.

Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening as crews prepare final traffic changes. The bridge will remain open while work is underway.

The E&N Trail connection at Tyee Road that was closed to accommodate the work is now open to pedestrians and eastbound cyclists. Westbound cyclists wishing to connect to Kimta Road from the Johnson Street Bridge will be rerouted along Esquimalt Road to turn left at Tyee Road. Once the new bridge is complete, the E&N Trail will connect with the new multi-use trail over the new Johnson Street Bridge.

Eventually, the new hotel entrance will connect with a new four-way signalled intersection at Harbour and Esquimalt Roads connecting to the new Johnson Street Bridge. Once the new intersection is complete and the bridge is open, there will be a two-way road access to the hotel and future waterfront green space.

Traffic impacts are also expected this week and next week along Wharf and Store Streets as crews complete work related to the new Janion development and finish paving and remarking roads as the final stage of the replacement of 100-year-old water, sewer, and storm water utilities. The public’s continued patience is appreciated.

For the latest information on the project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com

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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director of Communications and Civic Engagement
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343

City Takes Additional Steps to Minimize Risk on Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project

April 11 2014

VICTORIA, BC – The City of Victoria has hired a consultant with specialized experience in large scale transportation projects to assess current project risks and make recommendations on whether any additional strategies should be employed to ensure effective delivery of the project.

Jonathan Huggett, PEng, is a consultant with specialized experience in alternate delivery of public infrastructure projects, with a particular specialty in transportation and municipal projects. Mr. Huggett has clients at all levels of government and has worked on several bridge projects including the rehabilitation of the Lions Gate Bridge, Skybridge and the SkyTrain system, on the Lower Mainland. Mr. Huggett was also retained in 1999 by Victoria City Council to evaluate and advise on the delivery of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

In the course of his work, Mr. Huggett will review all contract documents, interview key staff and the engineering consultants, MMM, as well as PCL, the bridge contractor.

The value of the work is $15,000. The professional services contract will be posted on the www.johnsonstreetbridge.com website when finalized next week.

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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director of Communications and Civic Engagement
Office: 250.361.0210 Cellular: 250.217.8343

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