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.