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JSB Underpass Construction

January 30 2019

Construction on the David Foster Harbour Pathway that will connect the Janion plaza to the plaza area on the southeast side of the Johnson Street Bridge is currently underway. Construction started in January 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.

This new pedestrian connection is part of the David Foster Harbour Pathway and forms part of the Trans Canada Trail. The project is a part of Victoria’s vision to establish a continuous accessible waterfront pathway along the Inner Harbour. Please watch for signage and use caution when using temporary pedestrian detours in the area.

For more information email: johnsonstreetbridge@victoria.ca

 

Boulevard Landscaping

January 29 2019

Upcoming boulevard construction work associated with the Johnson Street Bridge will be starting in late January. Construction will commence on boulevard enhancements on the north and south sides of Esquimalt Road. The scope of construction is shown in the image below:

This work will be happening Monday – Friday (excluding statutory holidays) and is expected to be completed by April. During heavy construction, street-level sidewalks adjacent to construction areas will be closed. Both pedestrian bridge routes across the Johnson Street Bridge to downtown will remain open, and detour signage will be installed directing pedestrians to these routes. Periodic single-lane traffic closures on Esquimalt Road will also be required, however, these works will completed outside of morning and afternoon commuting hours.

If you have any questions about this project, please don’t hesitate to email: johnsonstreetbridge@victoria.ca

 

JSB Pedestrian-Only Walkway Opens to the Public

August 28 2018

Starting tomorrow (August 29, 2018) at 6 a.m., the south side pedestrian-only walkway and bascule pier observation deck on the new Johnson Street Bridge will open for public use. In addition to the new walkway, the interim public plaza spaces and sidewalk connections on the east and west sides of the bridge will also open to the public.

The new bascule pier observation deck is a unique amenity of the new Johnson Street Bridge design. The platform allows pedestrians to walk under the bridge deck and view the internal machinery that raises and lowers the structure. This location also provides unique views of the upper and inner harbours. The new pedestrian walkway creates a new connection between Victoria West and downtown that will allow pedestrians quick and convenient access when travelling south to the Legislative District and James Bay.

This pathway is for pedestrians and those on wheelchairs or mobility devices and not open for cyclists, who are able to cross the water via the main vehicle deck and the multi-use pathway on the north side of the bridge. Cyclists wanting to access the bascule pier observation deck must dismount when on the pathway or park their bicycle on either end and walk in.

The plazas connecting the downtown and Victoria West to the JSB will continue to be enhanced in the coming months, and into 2020. The southeast plaza creates a new downtown space for people to enjoy views of the harbour. This plaza will be developed to connect Reeson Park to the JSB underpass, linking the David Foster Harbour Pathway north and south of the bridge. The new plaza on the southwest side of the bridge is another space for the public to enjoy views of downtown Victoria and connects the bridge to Victoria West, via the West Song Walkway and Harbour Road, and will form part of the future waterfront park.

Final Blue Bridge Steel Removal and Traffic Closures

June 1 2018

VICTORIA, BC — Starting next week, the Dynamic Beast crane barge will return to Victoria to help remove the remaining pieces of the old Johnson Street Bridge. The crane barge will be parked south of the new bridge and blocking the marine channel from Friday, June 8 until Sunday, June 10.

As with previous heavy lifts that have taken place during the project, whenever there is a possible risk to public safety there will be a full closure to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic across the bridge. There are four large pieces of steel to be removed, so temporary closures will be required between Friday and Sunday.

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

June 8:

  • Temporary full bridge closures to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrians during necessary crane lifts for approximately one hour between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (during non-peak traffic times)

June 9 & 10:

  • Temporary full bridge closures to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrians between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., as necessary, for several hours at a time

The City will notify the media and the public through www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com and @CityofVictoria on Twitter approximately one hour before the temporary closures take place.

Note: The lifts are weather dependent as the steel pieces cannot be lifted during high winds. If required the work could be extended if more time is needed to remove the old bridge.

The best view of construction activities will be from the downtown side near Reeson Park or the Victoria West side at the waterfront walkway near the Delta Ocean Point Hotel.

Blue Bridge Removal and Temporary Traffic Closures

April 12 2018

Please note, due to high winds the work scheduled for April 17/18 will now take place on April 18/19. See more below.

Starting next week, the Dynamic Beast crane barge will return to Victoria to help decommission and remove the old Johnson Street Bridge. The massive crane barge will be parked in the marine channel under both bridges for periods of time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

As with previous heavy lifts that have taken place during the project, whenever there is a possible risk to public safety there will be a full closure to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic across the bridge.

On Wednesday April 18 and Thursday April 19, the new bridge will only be opened to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic during the morning and afternoon rush hours from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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

Monday April 16:

  • A full bridge closure to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrians between 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.  while both bridges are raised to the up position while the Dynamic Beast crane barge positions itself in the marine channel

Tuesday April 17: Now scheduled for Wednesday April 18

  • A full bridge closure to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrians between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday April 18: Now scheduled for Thursday April 19

  • A full bridge closure to vehicle, cyclist and pedestrians between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  If the crane barge has not left the jobsite by 4 p.m., an additional closure after 6 p.m. may be required.

Old JSB Bridge Construction Activities:

Monday – Crews will prepare the old bridge span for lifting by the Dynamic Beast

Was Tuesday, Now Wednesday – The Dynamic Beast will lift the main span of the old bridge to disconnect it from the counterweight tower

Was Wednesday, Now Thursday – The Dynamic Beast will fully remove the main span and west span of the old bridge and set on the deck of the crane barge and then depart from the jobsite

Note: It’s possible this work could extend to (was Thursday) Friday if more time is needed to decommission the old bridge and similar bridge closures should be expected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if necessary. The dates and times above are also subject to change and are weather dependent as the steel pieces cannot be lifted during high winds.

The best view of the construction activities will be from the downtown side near Reeson Park, or the Victoria West side at the waterfront walkway near the Delta Hotel.

Event and Traffic Details for Johnson Street Bridge Opening March 31

March 26 2018

The new Johnson Street Bridge will be opened to traffic on Saturday, March 31, following an official opening and community celebration event.

The community celebration event and associated traffic plans to ready the new bridge for traffic are as follows:

Community Celebration – Hello New, Goodbye Blue

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

The official opening ceremony begins at noon on the downtown side of the new bridge. The community will then have the opportunity to cross the new bridge before it opens to vehicle traffic.

The celebration event is a street party and community picnic where people can explore the new bridge and pay tribute to “Old Blue”, will also include:

  • A community picnic on both bridges
  • Music and entertainment
  • Food trucks
  • Vintage cars and emergency vehicles
  • Activity stations to share memories of “Old Blue” hosted by the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network
  • Crafts for kids; and more

Both bridges will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event. Wharf Street/Store Street will remain open to vehicle traffic.

Traffic and Road Closures

To prepare for the traffic change over to the new Johnson Street Bridge, and to hold the opening event, both bridges will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 7 a.m., Friday, March 30 until approximately 9 p.m., Saturday, March 31. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained on the existing Johnson Street Bridge.

During the closure, drivers should plan to use the Bay Street Bridge. Information boards have been placed on the east and west approaches to the bridge to advise the public of closures and delays. Transit will be rerouted. Wharf Street/Store Street will remain open to vehicle traffic.

The new bridge is scheduled to open to vehicle traffic around 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at which time the existing Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to the public.

Pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle traffic movements for March 30-31 are as follows:

  • Closure to all vehicle traffic starting 7 a.m., Friday, March 30 until approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access maintained across the pedestrian sidewalk on the existing Johnson Street Bridge March 30-31 (cyclists must dismount and walk bikes across)
  • Both bridges and their pedestrian walkways open from Noon – 5 p.m. on March 31
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access maintained across the pedestrian sidewalk on the existing Johnson Street Bridge from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The new Johnson Street Bridge opens to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at approximately 9 p.m. March 31 and the old Johnson Street Bridge is officially closed to the public

In addition to opening the new bridge, the pedestrian bridge spanning Esquimalt Road connecting the Galloping Goose and E&N trails will also be opened for public use. The new pedestrian walkway (south side) of the new bridge will remain closed until deconstruction of the old bridge is complete.

Work continues for the next several months to complete the project.  Work shifts immediately to removing the old bridge span and completing the interim treatments for public spaces at both the east and west approaches to the bridge, public plazas and a new waterfront park in Victoria West.

The public can expect periodic lane closures on the new bridge and traffic detours during the final phase of construction until the project is fully completed later this summer. Additional closures of the new bridge will be required when the Dynamic Beast crane barge removes the old Johnson Street Bridge.

Bridge Deck Span Installation Postponed

January 27 2018

Due to high winds in the forecast Saturday afternoon the installation of the bridge deck span has been postponed until Sunday at 7 a.m. The work that was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will now take place on Sunday and Monday and the existing bridge will remain open today.

The existing Johnson Street Bridge will now be closed from 7 a.m. Sunday until 5 p.m. on Monday to all pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers as the crane barge will be parked directly underneath the existing bridge during the installation. During the closure, traffic delays are expected and pedestrians, cyclists and drivers should plan to use the Bay Street Bridge.

Note: The dates and times above remain subject to change and are weather dependent as the steel pieces cannot be lifted during high winds. While this work was planned to take place over a weekend, if high winds continue on Sunday the crane barge will remain positioned in the marine channel and will lift at the earliest opportunity. If the work is pushed to a weekday, significant traffic delays can be expected and the public should plan accordingly.

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.

 

Bridge Deck Span Installation Set for January 27 & 28

January 25 2018

The Dynamic Beast crane barge is returning to Victoria next week to install the last of the major components for the new Johnson Street Bridge.

On Saturday, January 27, the massive crane barge will lift and place the 46-metre long bridge deck span. The span includes the three vehicle travel lanes, two on-street bike lanes, a pedestrian walkway and a multi-use pathway that connects with the Galloping Goose and E&N Trails.

On Sunday, January 28, the Dynamic Beast will lift the steel roadway infill panel into place. The panel sits between the main bridge deck span and the rings, completing the entire bridge deck.

During the work to complete this major milestone in the new bridge’s construction, the existing Johnson Street Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. on Sunday to all pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The crane barge will be parked directly underneath the existing bridge which will remain in the up position until all pieces are placed. Areas near the approaches to the bridge will also be closed 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.

 

January 26

  • The Dynamic Beast crane barge will pass under the current bridge into the Upper Harbour early in the day
  • From approximately noon onwards the marine channel will be closed to all marine traffic as large concrete girders that become the roadway deck that spans across the bascule pier are loaded onto a barge

 

January 27

  • Starting at 7 a.m. the existing Johnson Street Bridge will be raised into the up position and will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists and drivers
  • The Dynamic Beast crane barge will be positioned in the marine channel under the existing bridge and will lift and place the new bridge deck span

 

January 28

  • The Dynamic Beast crane barge will lift the steel roadway infill panel into place.
  • Once the major lifts are completed, the Dynamic Beast will depart Victoria and the existing bridge will be reopened to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

 

January 29 – February 4

  • Crews will work to attach the bridge deck span to the rings from barges that will continue to block the marine channel
  • Once the span has been secured to the rings, the first test lift of the new bridge will take place

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 the weekend closure, traffic delays are expected and pedestrians, cyclists and drivers should plan to use the Bay Street Bridge. Information boards will be placed on the east and west approaches to the bridge to advise the public of closures and delays. Some noise and additional lighting around the construction area should be expected during the construction period. Emergency services and BC Transit have been notified and some bus routes will be altered.

Victoria Harbour Ferry has also stepped up once again to provide ferry services during the closure between the Delta Hotel Dock, Regent Hotel and Causeway docks.  The ferries will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fare is $2 per person for a one-way trip.

Following the departure of the Dynamic Beast a full marine channel closure will remain in effect until February 4 as smaller barges will be parked in the waterway as crews work to attach the bridge deck span to the rings. This closure applies to all vessels including industrial and commercial vessels, and smaller boats such as sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.

The new bridge will look essentially complete with these major pieces in place, but there is still work to be completed before it is ready to open to the public at the end of March. This includes a comprehensive series of tests of the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems.

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.

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.

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.

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