Over the weekend, commuters travelling along Highway 1 may have noticed a massive brand new addition at the McKenzie Avenue interchange.
On Sunday, work completed on two highway bridge spans that form the foundation for a bridge deck that will connect McKenzie Avenue with Admirals Road overtop of the existing highway.
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The bridge, once complete, will redirect traffic above the current highway so that workers can complete construction of the road underneath, like excavating and paving.
The two bridge spans that were installed this weekend were made of 15 concrete beams each, with each beam weighing 52-62 tonnes, according to the province.
The north span measures 24 metres long, while the larger south span measures 34 metres long.
The entire interchange project — including the creation of a loop ramp, transit facilities, and landscaping — is expected to be complete by summer 2020.
Once finished, the $96-million McKenzie interchange project is expected to save commuters approximately 20 minutes, says the province.
Check out a timelapse of the installation below:
Crews successfully placed the concrete bridge beams that will make up the #BCHwy1 underpass at McKenzie Avenue this past weekend. Now crews begin work on the bridge deck approaches to connect McKenzie with Admirals Road over the highway. #yyj #saanich pic.twitter.com/Btl1df9noH
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) July 22, 2019