Utility Replacement Work Underway Near Johnson Street Bridge

Work to upgrade 100-year old water, sewer, and stormwater utility pipes is currently underway near the Johnson Street Bridge. The underground utilities are being replaced in advance of new road alignments that will be built for the new bridge. The new roads will be north of where the current roads are.

Crews are now in the area of Store and Wharf Streets downtown until November 2013. Work will continue on the west side of the bridge along Esquimalt Road in November with completion expected in December 2013. Traffic delays can be expected while work is underway.

Recent bridge activity includes the construction of temporary work platforms for cranes and equipment to build the new bridge. Construction of the foundation of the new bridge is now underway in the harbour and is expected to continue until February 2014. Once the foundation work is complete, new road approaches will be built and the new bridge span will be assembled at the site.

The existing bridge will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Crews are building the new bridge slightly to the north, allowing the existing bridge to remain open to all users until the new bridge is complete in late 2015. Full project completion, including landscaping and the installation of new public art is expected by March 2016.

For the latest project information, visit JohnsonStreetBridge.com