The Future Johnson Street Bridge
The new bridge will be the largest single-leaf bascule bridge in Canada – and one of the largest in the world – creating a new iconic structure and destination within Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
The new bridge will be built to serve the community for the next 100 years. It will provide improved safety and accessibility for cyclists, pedestrians, and people who use mobility aids.
More than 50 per cent of deck space will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. In addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles, the new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway.
The bridge will also feature new plaza areas for the public to view the harbour and will be built to a lifeline seismic standard. Public art and new green space also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.
Bridge Design Concept
New bridge looking north – PDF (click image to enlarge)
Public Realm Design Concept
Public Realm and Landscaping Design Strategy PDF – 2 MB
The new bridge will include:
- three traffic lanes
- on-street bike lanes in both directions
- a dedicated multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists with connections to the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N trails (north side)
- a separate pedestrian pathway allowing for better views of the harbour (south side)
- improved safety and accessibility for strollers, walkers, scooters, and wheelchairs
- new and improved plaza areas for the public to view the harbour
- connections to adjacent pathways, including the future David Foster Way
- an improved navigation channel for marine vessels in accordance with current regulations