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Installation of Steel Rings and Counterweight For New Bridge

November 28 2017

VICTORIA, BC – The Dynamic Beast crane barge will be parked in the marine channel under the Johnson Street Bridge Saturday and Sunday in order to lift three major pieces of steel into the new bridge’s bascule pier.

The City’s contractor PCL has estimated that the major steel lifts and subsequent closures of the Johnson Street Bridge will be as follows:

Saturday

  • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – the Dynamic Beast crane barge will position itself under the existing bridge and lift the lower counterweight into place
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – the Dynamic Beast will lift the north ring into place

Sunday

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – the Dynamic Beast crane barge will lift the south ring into place and then depart the harbour

Note: The dates and times above are subject to change and are weather dependent as the steel pieces cannot be lifted during high winds.

During these major steel ring and counterweight lifts the existing bridge will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. These closures are necessary to ensure public safety. The best view of the construction activities will be from the northeast side of the bridge near Canoe Club and Mermaid Wharf or online on the project webcam.

Final Johnson Street Bridge Steel Shipment Arrives In Victoria Sunday

September 15 2017

VICTORIA, B.C. – The final shipment of steel for the new Johnson Street Bridge is expected to arrive in Victoria at the Ogden Point terminal late on Sunday evening.

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The pieces included in that shipment are the bridge deck span that cars and bikes will travel across and the pedestrian and multi-use pathways. On Monday the bridge deck span will be offloaded onto a barge and lashed down in order to be transported under the current Johnson Street Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

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Once the steel arrives in the upper harbour it will be cleaned and then inspected for any possible damage during shipping. Work will then take place to attach the pedestrian walkway and the multi-use pathway to the deck span, as well as install the bridge architectural and traffic lighting and the new bridge deck surface.

Johnson Street Bridge Closed Wednesday Night – Thursday Morning

September 12 2017

VICTORIA, BC — The Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 13 to 5 a.m. Thursday morning. The marine channel under the bridge will also be closed during this time.

The bridge will be at its full open position in order to remove old wooden piles to make way for a large crane barge that will be used during the new bridge installation.

Traffic will be detoured to the Point Ellice Bridge on Bay Street.

Final Johnson Street Bridge Steel Shipment Headed To Victoria

August 30 2017

VICTORIA, BC – The final shipment of steel pieces for the new Johnson Street Bridge have been loaded onto a heavy lift ship and are now on their way to Victoria.

The steel has left Shanghai and will take approximately 25 days to cross the Pacific Ocean, arriving in late September. The pieces included in that shipment are the bridge deck structure that cars and bikes will travel across and the pedestrian and multi-use pathways. When the bridge deck structure arrives in Victoria, work will be done in the upper harbour to attach the pedestrian walkway and the multi-use pathway to the deck structure, as well as install the bridge architectural and traffic lighting and the new deck surface.

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The steel will be offloaded in Victoria or in Vancouver depending on timing. Once the steel arrives in Victoria it will be cleaned and then inspected for any possible damage during shipping. During all this work over the coming months, marine channel closures as well as vehicle and pedestrian traffic closures on the current bridge will be necessary in order to safely move equipment and the large steel pieces. These closures will be communicated by the City and PCL as needed.

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The City will alert media and the public closer to the date the final steel shipment is expected to arrive.

Ship tracking information:

For those interested in tracking the progress of the vessel carrying the steel, click the link to follow the AAL Singapore travel progress across the Pacific Ocean:  AAL SINGAPORE

New Johnson Street Bridge Steel Arrives In Victoria

August 22 2017

Construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge enters an important new phase today with the arrival of the first shipment of steel at the Point Hope Shipyard.

The pieces include the north and south rings, the lower counterweight and pieces called false work. The false work pieces are put together to create a temporary structure that will be used to hold the rings up while they are installed in the bascule pier.

The steel was transported from China across the Pacific Ocean to North Vancouver where it was loaded onto the Arctic Tuk crane barge and then transported to Victoria’s upper harbour.

Now that the steel is arriving, the next job for PCL – the general contractor for the bridge project – is to clean and then inspect the steel pieces for any possible damage that may have occurred during its shipping from China.

The painting of the south ring is complete and will be assessed. The painting of the north ring only has a primer coating and will be completed in Victoria. All paint work will be done by local painting company, Clark and Pattison.

The span support segments that will connect the bridge’s steel rings with the bridge’s mechanical components were shipped from China in late July and are also expected to arrive in Victoria this week. Once the segments arrive at the Point Hope Shipyard, United Engineering will attach the span support segments to the steel rings.

The Arctic Tuk crane barge will remain in the upper harbour unloading pieces of steel in different locations until Saturday. It will first unload the steel rings and transfer the steel installation false work (temporary supports for steel during construction) to barges at the northern end of the Point Hope Shipyard. This process is expected to take several days. On Saturday, a full marine channel closure will be needed as the crane barge unloads the false work and some machinery pieces into the bascule pier. This work is expected to start at 7 a.m. and take approximately six hours. During this time the marine channel under the current bridge will be closed to all marine traffic, however the current bridge will remain open to vehicle traffic.

The second shipment of steel has also been loaded on a barge in China and is scheduled to arrive in Victoria at the end of September. The pieces included in that shipment are the two steel trusses, the deck that cars and bikes will travel across, and the pedestrian and multi-use pathways. When the bridge truss and deck structure arrive in Victoria, work will be done in the upper harbour to attach the pedestrian walkway and the multi-use pathway to the deck structure, as well as install the bridge architectural and traffic lighting and the new deck surface.

Other work over the coming months will include:

  • False work being constructed in the bascule pier
  • Span segment installation (the pieces that will connect the rings to the machinery) at Point Hope Shipyard
  • The rings being moved from Point Hope and installed into the bascule pier
  • Once the rings are in place, the bridge truss and deck structure will be attached to the rings
  • Testing mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems to ensure the bridge is functioning properly

During all this work over the coming months, marine channel closures as well as vehicle and pedestrian traffic closures on the current bridge will be necessary in order to safely move equipment and the large steel pieces. These closures will be communicated by the City and PCL as needed.

Quick Facts:

  • Each steel ring weighs approximately 290 metric tonnes
  • Each steel ring is approximately 50 feet in diameter
  • The Arctic Tuk is a 600-ton crane and is one of the largest cranes in Western Canada
  • An even larger 900-ton crane called The Beast, currently being constructed in Vancouver, will be used to install the rings and lower counterweight and lift the truss and deck structure into place
  • The Government of Canada is providing up to $37.5 million in funding towards the project, including $21 million from the Building Canada Fund and $16.5 million through Canada’s Gas Tax Fund

First Johnson Street Bridge Steel Shipment Arrives This Week As Second Shipment Leaves China

August 21 2017

VICTORIA BC – The first shipment of steel for the new Johnson Street Bridge arrived in B.C. on Sunday and over the next few days it is being loaded onto a barge at the Lynnterm Terminal in North Vancouver for transport to Victoria. The shipment is expected to arrive in Victoria at the Point Hope Shipyard later this week.

The second shipment of steel is today being loaded onto a ship in China and will leave for British Columbia this week.  It is scheduled to arrive in Victoria at the end of September.

The first shipment of steel includes the north and south rings, the lower counterweight and the temporary structure (false work) used to support the various components of the bridge during installation.

The second shipment of steel includes the two steel trusses, the deck that cars and bikes will travel across, and the pedestrian and multi-use pathways.

Photos attached:

  • The AAL Kembla docked at Lynnterm Terminal in North Vancouver as unloading of the first steel shipment begins
  • The bridge truss and deck structure being loaded onto a barge today in China at the ZTSS steel fabrication plant for shipment to Victoria

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Johnson Street Bridge Closed to Vehicles August 13 For Final Paving

July 27 2017

VICTORIA, BC — On Sunday, August 13 the Johnson Street Bridge and road approaches between Harbour Road and Wharf Street will be closed from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., while paving takes place between Wharf Street and the new bridge.  Starting Monday, July 31st, drivers and cyclists can expect daytime congestion and delays in this area, as preparation work takes place in advance of final paving.

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The work from July 31 – August 12 will require periodic lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Access across the Johnson Street Bridge in both directions will be maintained at all times, however, minor delays are anticipated. During the August 13th closure for final paving, the bridge and the streets on the downtown side of the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic, however pedestrian and cyclist connections between downtown and the Victoria West neighbourhood will be maintained.

Advance warning signs will be posted on streets approaching the work area to advise motorists of traffic changes. People walking and riding bikes should also look for re-routing signage, and follow directions from flaggers to make their way around the work zone. Commuters are advised to consider alternate routes to avoid delays during these times.

Paving is being done at this time to take advantage of favourable weather conditions.

First Johnson Street Bridge Steel Shipment Leaving China

July 17 2017

The first shipment of steel pieces for the new Johnson Street Bridge has been loaded onto a barge in China and will travel down the Yangtze River to Shanghai. Once it arrives in Shanghai the steel will be loaded onto a heavy lift ship in and transported to British Columbia.

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The steel will take approximately 25 days to cross the Pacific Ocean and will arrive in mid-late August. The components being shipped include the north and south rings, the lower counterweight and the temporary structure (false work) used to support the various components of the bridge during erection. The steel will be offloaded at either Ogden Point in Victoria or at the Fraser Surrey Docks depending on the Victoria cruise ship schedule. It will then be transported to Point Hope Shipyard.

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Once the steel arrives in Victoria it will be cleaned and then inspected for any possible damage during shipping. The painting of the south ring is complete, however to meet the required shipping date, the north ring has only received a primer coating, and the painting of the north ring will be completed in Victoria.

Once at the Point Hope Shipyard, United Engineering will attach the span support structure which is nearing completion in Tianjin, China. The segments of the span support structure are being shipped separately and are composed of much smaller segments which can be shipped by container.

The second shipment of steel is expected to leave China in September and arrive in October.

 

Ship tracking information:

For those interested in tracking the progress of the vessel carrying the steel, click the link to follow the AAL KEMBLA travel progress across the Pacific Ocean: AAL KEMBLA

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East Side Road Improvements Start Next Week

March 14 2017

Starting Monday, March 20, eastbound drivers and cyclists can expect daytime congestion and delays when travelling across the Johnson Street Bridge, as work commences on new road approaches between the Johnson Street Bridge and Wharf Street.  The work involves completing curb, gutter and paving work, and is expected to last approximately five weeks.  Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Access across the Johnson Street Bridge in both directions will be maintained at all times; however, eastbound traffic will experience delays, particularly as drivers approach the Johnson Street/Wharf Street intersection.  Commuters are advised to consider alternate routes to avoid delays during these times.  Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are also asked to watch for flaggers and comply with signs when travelling through the area.

The road work is being done now to avoid peak traffic periods during summer months, while taking advantage of more favourable weather conditions for paving.

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

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