Official Start of Johnson Street Bridge Construction

Today, the Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna—Lake Country joined City of Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and Sean Brock, Vice President and District Manager of PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., to officially kick off the start of construction at the Johnson Street Bridge site in downtown Victoria.

The new bridge will feature on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail, and a pedestrian pathway, improving overall accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and those who use mobility aids. It will also feature new plaza areas for the public to view the harbour, an improved navigation channel for marine vessels, and will be built to a lifeline seismic standard—which means it would be able to withstand an 8.5 magnitude earthquake. This is the highest standard in the current bridge design code for Canada. A public art piece and new public green space are planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

The area near the existing Johnson Street Bridge is now an active construction site. The public can expect to see more crews and equipment arriving over the coming weeks. A temporary trestle will soon be built on the north east side of the bridge to support cranes and equipment to build the new bridge.

The current bridge will remain open to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and marine traffic until the new bridge opens to traffic in late 2015.

Fore more information on the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com