Point Ellice Bridge

What’s Happening?

The Point Ellice Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic in the eastbound direction (towards downtown) starting Tuesday May 21 until approximately the end of October. The closure is necessary to safely complete comprehensive upgrades to the bridge to ensure it serves the community for decades to come.

To minimize overall disruption to the public and project costs, a number of maintenance activities are planned to occur above and below the bridge deck.  Above the bridge deck, the asphalt roadway will be removed, repairs will be made to the concrete deck and the asphalt will be replaced.  The railings on the bridge will also be removed and repainted. 

Under the bridge, the existing lead paint will be removed and all of the structural steel will be repainted.  Works will also be undertaken to minimize future corrosion of the steel to keep the bridge in good health for years to come. This work is part of the Council-approved 2019 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.

The contract has been awarded to Seismic 2000 Construction Ltd. and the project cost is $6.1 million with a combined $2.4 million of funding provided by the Provincial and Federal governments. 

 

What You Need To Know:

In order to complete the necessary upgrades on the Point Ellice Bridge, the eastbound lane across the bridge (towards downtown) will be closed for up to five months starting on May 21, 2019. Multiple options for managing traffic were explored and the eastbound Bay Street closure provides the lowest overall impacts to traffic flow, maintains emergency vehicle access to Victoria West, and also provides predictability to the travelling public and businesses.  Changes will be made to traffic signal operations adjacent the Johnson Street Bridge to help accommodate the increased traffic.

Pedestrian and wheelchair access will be maintained during the project, while eastbound cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes across as a pedestrian. Emergency services have been consulted with as part of the traffic management process to minimze disruptions to service. Full bridge closures will still be necessary on
rare occasions during the project and will be communicated as information becomes available.  

The public is advised to use caution while travelling near the construction zone and obey all signage. Local access will be maintained adjacent to the bridge to businesses and homes in the area and the City and its contractor will work to minimize inconveniences during the course of the project.

Point Ellice Bridge History:

The existing Point Ellice Bridge superstructure was constructed in 1956–57 on the foundations and abutments of the pre-existing bridge. The bridge consists of four equal spans, with a total length of approximately 183m (600 ft.).

The bridge received a seismic upgrade in 2001–2002, which included some reinforcement of the masonry piers, replacement of the main bridge bearings, and work to seal joints in the roadway surface. Through regular inspection it was determined that the structural steel is in need of resurfacing. 

 

 

Additional Information

Please note that the Johnson Street Bridge will remain open and staff are working with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to limit bridge lifts during peak morning and evening vehicle traffic rush hours. Changes will be made to traffic signal operations around the Johnson Street Bridge to help accommodate the higher expected westbound traffic.

BC Transit and emergency services have been consulted with as part of the traffic management process to minimize disruptions to service.