Building a Bridge: Then and Now

Some photos from the City of Victoria Archives that show construction of the existing bridge 90 years ago compared to work currently underway for the new bridge.

Construction crews in 1923 and 2014

TOP: Workers on construction of the Johnson Street Bridge 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M00381). BOTTOM: Workers on construction of the new bridge, 2014 (photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Walter Schmidt).

TOP: Driving piles with a steam hammer for Johnson Street Bridge construction, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09395). BOTTOM: Prepping pile for bridge construction, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Wally Schmidt).

LEFT: Driving piles with a steam hammer for Johnson Street Bridge construction, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09395).
RIGHT: Prepping pile for bridge construction, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Walter Schmidt).

TOP: Pouring concrete for the Johnson Street Bridge, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09394). BOTTOM: Pouring concrete for the new bridge 2014 (City of Victoria photo).

TOP: Pouring concrete for the Johnson Street Bridge, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09394).
BOTTOM: Pouring concrete for the new bridge, 2014 (City of Victoria photo).

TOP: Construction of the Johnson Street Bridge with the previous swing bridge (1888-1923) in the background, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09350). BOTTOM: Construction of the new bridge 2014 (photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Wally Schmidt).

TOP: Construction of the Johnson Street Bridge with the previous swing bridge (1888-1923) in the background, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M09350).
BOTTOM: Construction of the new bridge with the existing bridge in the background, 2014 (photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Walter Schmidt).

TOP: Worker constructing the Johnson Street Bridge, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M00392). BOTTOM: Gary Henshaw, Co-founder, Construction Drilling Inc (CDI), the company building the foundation of the new bridge.  CDI are a sub-contractor to PCL Constructors Westcoast and are based out of Duncan, B.C. (courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Walter Schmidt)

TOP: Worker constructing the Johnson Street Bridge, 1921-1923 (City of Victoria Archives M00392). BOTTOM: Bridge builder from Construction Drilling Inc (CDI), the company building the foundation of the new bridge. CDI are a sub-contractor to PCL Constructors Westcoast and are based out of Duncan, B.C. (photo courtesy of Construction Drilling Inc and Walter Schmidt).

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