City, MMM, and PCL Committed to Work Together to Deliver New Bridge

Yesterday, officials from City of Victoria, PCL Construction, and MMM Group, met at City Hall to outline continued steps forward and partnership expectations to successfully deliver the new bridge.

As a result of yesterday’s meeting, the three project partners have agreed to expedited mediation to work through requested changes to the contract.   Tim Stanley, Executive Vice-President of MMM Group, the design consultants, and Luis Ventoza, Chief Operating Officer of Civil Infrastructure Group and Tom Beck, Vice President, Major Projects and Civil Initiatives, both from PCL Construction, met with Mayor Dean Fortin and City Manager Jason Johnson. 

In terms of steel fabrication, MMM and PCL have had engineers in China over the past two weeks and have worked at length with quality assurance representatives recently added to the project.  The steel fabricator, ZTSS Bridge has taken steps to provide greater project oversight and has indicated that they will voluntarily be redoing steel fabrication for certain components of the bridge.  Further work is still underway to assess other aspects of steel fabrication to ensure it meets the highest quality and outlined safety specifications.

On-site construction continues in Victoria. Next week, road traffic will be shifted from the current road alignment to the new roads constructed north of the current bridge.   The change in traffic will occur next Monday, October 6, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., prior to the morning commute. 

The existing Johnson Street Bridge will continue to remain open throughout construction.

Once complete, more than 50 per cent of the new bridge will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway in addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles. Three new plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.

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