The skyline around the new Johnson Street Bridge includes one of the largest cranes in Western Canada.
The Arctic Tuk – the same crane that removed the rail span from the existing Johnson Street Bridge in 2012 – will stand high above the new bridge project as it places the concrete spans that will form the road approaches.
The crane arrived early this morning by barge and has been positioned in the marine travel channel in order to place the large concrete sections that arrived in Victoria last week.
To accommodate this work, the marine channel under the Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all marine traffic from Monday, September 14 to Friday September 18. This closure includes all vessels including industrial and commercial vessels, and smaller boats such as sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.
In addition to the marine closure, on Monday, September 14, from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Johnson Street Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to allow a final piece of the rail span to be removed and a section of the new bridge installed in its place.
Periodic traffic delays throughout the week are expected as some short term bridge lifts may be required to accommodate the work.