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Paving Underway Near Johnson Street Bridge This Week

November 24 2015

VICTORIA, BC — Beginning Wednesday morning, paving for new road surfaces near the Johnson Street Bridge will be underway in the areas of Store and Wharf Street between Pandora Avenue and Johnson Street, with completion expected by end of day Friday.

Work will be underway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and coordinated to minimize impacts to the morning and afternoon rushes. Commuters are advised to take alternate routes to avoid delays, as lanes will be reduced during non-peak hours. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are asked to watch for flaggers and detour signs when travelling through the area.

Paving completed this week will be the last stage of bridge related road work for 2015 as crews reduce overall impacts to the area with the approaching holiday season.

For More Information:

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

Traffic Impacts Near Johnson Street Bridge in November

November 10 2015

As work on the new Johnson Street Bridge road approaches continues, drivers and cyclists can expect reduced lanes and detours when travelling through the downtown area near the bridge throughout November.

Wharf Street will be reduced to a single lane between Pandora Avenue and Johnson Street. Wharf Street northbound lanes will be closed and detoured at Johnson Street to accommodate utility and road work.

Transit users should note a bus stop in front of the Salvation Army on Johnson Street has been relocated east to the opposite side of Waddington Alley to accommodate traffic flow and reduce congestion through the area.

Pedestrians will be detoured to avoid work areas. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should watch for signage and flaggers to direct them through alternate routes. Access will be maintained in both directions across the Johnson Street Bridge at all times.

Work is being coordinated to minimize impacts to commuters as much as possible. Commuters may wish to take alternate routes to avoid delays.

Work in the area is expected to continue throughout November. Crews expect to have completed work in public roadways as well as work in front of businesses between Pandora and Johnson completed by the first week of December and in time for the holiday season.

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

Paving Along Esquimalt and Harbour Road

October 16 2015

UPDATE – October 21, 2015: Due to delays caused by rain the paving along Esquimalt Road and Harbour Road are delayed and will continue tomorrow. Commuters can continue to expect delays in the area this week as the paving and line painting are completed.

October 16, 2015

Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are advised that the final paving will occur along Esquimalt Road and Harbour Road next week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday commuters can expect single lane traffic in each direction along Esquimalt Road as well as closures on Harbour Road.

On Tuesday, the paving work will begin on the south side of Harbour Road (near the Delta Hotel) and on the eastbound lanes of Esquimalt Road. On Wednesday, the paving along Esquimalt Road will shift to the westbound lanes and Harbour Road north of Esquimalt Road will be closed to both north and southbound vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

On Tuesday, pedestrians and cyclists using the E&N Trail will be redirected around the crossing at Harbour Road near the Delta Hotel as the paving takes place on that section of Harbour Road.

On the downtown side of the bridge nine new traffic poles will also be installed Monday and Tuesday at the intersections of Store Street and Pandora Avenue, as well as Johnson Street at Wharf Street.

During this work, traffic control personnel and signage will be directing drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safely through intersections. Commuters should expect delays in the area.

The upgrades to the new Esquimalt and Harbour Road intersection include new traffic lights at the new four-way intersection, new pedestrian crossing signals and new crosswalks and accessible sidewalks.

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.

Upcoming Johnson Street Bridge Marine Work September 14 – 18

September 3 2015

Bridge work in the harbour will become much more visible over the coming weeks as crews install large concrete sections of the new Johnson Street Bridge. Once in place, the concrete spans will form the road approaches to the new steel structure, due to arrive in the summer of 2016 with the bridge opening to the public in the summer of 2017.

The large concrete sections arrived by barge this week and will be installed by the same large barge and crane, the Arctic Tuk, that performed the removal of the rail span in 2012.

To accommodate the 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.

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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. This work must be completed during the highest tide of the day to allow equipment to get as close to the work site as possible.

Traffic control will be in place and crews will work as quickly as they can to complete the work, however travellers can expect up to a one hour bridge closure and are advised to plan alternate routes during this time. Periodic traffic delays throughout the week are expected as some short term bridge lifts may be required to accommodate the work.

The City and contractor have worked to reduce impacts to day-to-day operations in the upper harbour and an emergency plan is in place to ensure that the marine channel can be opened in the event of an emergency.

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.

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

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