Utility Work Downtown Near Bridge to Stop for Holidays

Recognizing the importance of the upcoming holiday season for downtown merchants and shoppers, upgrades to 100-year-old water, storm drain, and sewer service currently underway downtown near the Johnson Street Bridge will break for the holidays at the end of the work day Friday, December 6.

The utility replacement work is being done by the City in advance of new roads that will be built for the new Johnson Street Bridge. Work was originally expected to be complete by the end of November; however, due to unexpected underground conditions, it is now expected to take an additional four weeks to complete.

The City and contractor will stop work downtown for three weeks as of the end of day Friday, December 6.  As a result, completion is now expected by mid-February 2014.

Related utility replacement work will continue in December along Harbour Road and Esquimalt Road but will avoid the downtown area.

Construction will resume downtown Monday, December 30 in the areas of Wharf and Store Streets from Yates Street to Fisgard Street.

Crews are now concentrating their efforts downtown in advance of the holidays. As work continues, traffic impacts such as delays and detours can be expected. Detour signs have been installed. To avoid delays, commuters are advised to take alternate routes while work is underway.

Work will occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  In an effort to minimize impacts during peak travel times, work affecting inbound traffic will be scheduled to start after 9 a.m. and work affecting outbound traffic will end by 3:30 p.m. Weekend work may occur periodically as needed.

Bridge construction in the harbour will continue through December; however this work is not expected to impact commuters or parking in the area.

The Johnson Street Bridge will remain open until the new bridge is complete in late 2015. For the latest information on the project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com