Johnson Street bridge

Illustration of the new Johnson Street Bridge, which will have the final major components installed this weekend. Courtesy of the City of Victoria

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  • Jan 22, 2018
Illustration of the new Johnson Street Bridge, which will have the final major components installed this weekend. Courtesy of the City of Victoria
Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast in December. The crane barge will be used to lift and lower the final bridge deck pieces into place this weekend. Photo by Lauren Boothby

Final key components for Johnson Street Bridge installed this weekend in Victoria

Dynamic Beast crane barge arrives back in town on Friday

Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast in December. The crane barge will be used to lift and lower the final bridge deck pieces into place this weekend. Photo by Lauren Boothby
Aluminum planks are installed for the multi-use walkway on the bridge span at the end of December, the surface cyclists and pedestrians will use to travel across the new Johnson Street Bridge. (Photo courtesy Jonathan Huggett)

Span to be installed this month for Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge

Existing bridge, marine channel closures expected

Aluminum planks are installed for the multi-use walkway on the bridge span at the end of December, the surface cyclists and pedestrians will use to travel across the new Johnson Street Bridge. (Photo courtesy Jonathan Huggett)
Artist drawing of the proposed public art installation at the Johnson Street Bridge site, designed by City of Victoria’s artist in residence Luke Ramsey, and Indigenous Artist in Residence Linsay Delaronde. The eleven angled surfboards are meant to mimic the shape of an orca. The installation will also include sound. (City of Victoria)

Orca-inspired sculpture pitched for Victoria Johnson Street Bridge park

Designs unveiled as part of plans for public space around bridge

Artist drawing of the proposed public art installation at the Johnson Street Bridge site, designed by City of Victoria’s artist in residence Luke Ramsey, and Indigenous Artist in Residence Linsay Delaronde. The eleven angled surfboards are meant to mimic the shape of an orca. The installation will also include sound. (City of Victoria)
Workers tilt and lift the first of the 290-tonne steel rings into position Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon into its new permanent location. The lower counterweight was lifted and placed earlier that morning. The second ring will be installed Sunday (Dec. 10). (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge installation draws crowd

First of two 290-tonne steel rings installed Saturday afternoon

Workers tilt and lift the first of the 290-tonne steel rings into position Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon into its new permanent location. The lower counterweight was lifted and placed earlier that morning. The second ring will be installed Sunday (Dec. 10). (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast on Friday morning. The rings are being placed onto the barge and will begin to be installed at the new bridge site Saturday. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge’s steel rings, lower counterweight lifted into place over weekend

Victoria’s downtown bridge had been projected to look almost done by Christmas

Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast on Friday morning. The rings are being placed onto the barge and will begin to be installed at the new bridge site Saturday. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
The Dynamic Beast crane barge will make its way to Victoria on Dec. 8 to begin moving heavy steel parts of the new Johnson Street Bridge into place. Photo courtesy Dynamic Heavy Lift

‘Dynamic Beast’ arrives to lift new bridge components into place next week

Giant crane to lower steel rings and counterweight onto existing Victoria structure

The Dynamic Beast crane barge will make its way to Victoria on Dec. 8 to begin moving heavy steel parts of the new Johnson Street Bridge into place. Photo courtesy Dynamic Heavy Lift
This is the underside of the new Johnson Street Bridge, which vehicles are expected to be driving over in March of 2018. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Johnson Street Bridge taking shape

Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will be travelling over hundreds of tons of steel by March of 2018

This is the underside of the new Johnson Street Bridge, which vehicles are expected to be driving over in March of 2018. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
A tug pulls parts for the Johnson Street bridge through Victoria Harbour last month. Work is progressing on the rings portion of the main structure, city council heard from project manager Jonathan Huggett on Thursday. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)

On-site installation begins early next month for Victoria bridge project

Project manager says construction is on track for March 2018 completion

A tug pulls parts for the Johnson Street bridge through Victoria Harbour last month. Work is progressing on the rings portion of the main structure, city council heard from project manager Jonathan Huggett on Thursday. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)
The new Johnson Street bridge deck span is prepared for offloading onto a barge at Ogden Point on Monday afternoon. The shipment was scheduled to be offloaded in Victoria’s upper harbour either later Monday or Tuesday followed by the assembly process. Photo courtesy City of Victoria

Final steel shipment arrives for Johnson Street Bridge

Parts will be loaded onto a barge this afternoon, and transported under the current bridge Tuesday

The new Johnson Street bridge deck span is prepared for offloading onto a barge at Ogden Point on Monday afternoon. The shipment was scheduled to be offloaded in Victoria’s upper harbour either later Monday or Tuesday followed by the assembly process. Photo courtesy City of Victoria
The Johnson Street Bridge will close this evening as work continues to prepare for the installation of the new bridge. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Johnson Street Bridge closed overnight as work continues

All traffic will be rerouted from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday

The Johnson Street Bridge will close this evening as work continues to prepare for the installation of the new bridge. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
A tug boat pulls a large barge of parts for the new bridge through the harbour Tuesday night just after 8:00 p.m. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Steel shipment draws attention

The tugboat and barge drew onlookers as the long-awaited shipment arrived last night

A tug boat pulls a large barge of parts for the new bridge through the harbour Tuesday night just after 8:00 p.m. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
An assembled steel structure for the Johnson Street bridge is loaded onto a barge in China on Monday at the ZTSS steel fabrication plant for shipment to Victoria. The first load, with other components, is due to arrive this week. Photo courtesy City of Victoria

Long awaited steel for Johnson Street Bridge arriving soon

The first shipment reached North Vancouver on Sunday, and will arrive in Victoria on Tuesday.

An assembled steel structure for the Johnson Street bridge is loaded onto a barge in China on Monday at the ZTSS steel fabrication plant for shipment to Victoria. The first load, with other components, is due to arrive this week. Photo courtesy City of Victoria
Paving crews work on the east approach to the Johnson Street bridge on Sunday. Rain from Saturday night was short-lived, allowing the paving project to go ahead as scheduled. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria’s bridge approach paving project going on as scheduled

Rain Saturday night was short-lived, gives way to sunshine Sunday

Paving crews work on the east approach to the Johnson Street bridge on Sunday. Rain from Saturday night was short-lived, allowing the paving project to go ahead as scheduled. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The Johnson Street bridge crossing is closed all day Sunday (Aug. 13) for paving of the approach from Wharf Street to the new structure. If it rains, the work will be postponed until Aug. 20. Tim Collins/Victoria News

Johnson Street bridge closed for paving

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The Johnson Street bridge crossing is closed all day Sunday (Aug. 13) for paving of the approach from Wharf Street to the new structure. If it rains, the work will be postponed until Aug. 20. Tim Collins/Victoria News