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

Cars will be driving over hundreds of tons of steel floating on a barge in Victoria by March of 2018

Massive steel structures scattered across the harbour, will soon stand as the new Johnson Street Bridge.

Hundreds of tons of steel are taking shape within eyesight of the old blue bridge it will soon replace. The new pedestrian cyclist walkway on the north side of the new bridge is almost done and work begins on the pedestrian only walkway within days. An aluminum topping will soon be fitted underneath both and ready the feet and wheels of the public by March of 2018.

“It’ gone very well like a lot of projects there is always challenges in any project and we have been working through the challenges as a team,” said project director for the City of Victoria Jonathan Huggett. “There are no major challenges there are only minor challenges we are dealing with as we would expect with any project.”

The main span of the bridge, currently covered by a large tent on a barge along the Victoria waterway is in the process of having surfacing added. A large crane, 330 feet long and about 120 feet wide will come into Victoria harbour in November and January, to lift the main pieces in place. From there safety testing and audits take place to ensure the bridge is ready for the public by March.

“The only thing that won’t be open will be the pedestrian only walkway (on the south side) because we can’t open it until the old bridge has been demolished,” Huggett said. “I would say that part will take two or three months beyond that, but by the summer of 2018 we hope to have most of the work in place.”

RELATED: For more on the Johnson Street Bridge

Just Posted

Ballenas Whalers players earn gridiron all-star nods

Pair of local standouts also earn MVP accolades

Four generations of logging and mining stories in one Parksville show

John Gogo will share regional stories, family history, song at Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge

New chess club starts up in Qualicum Beach

Replaces Bishops of Bowser, which shut down operations in September

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Canadians mark Remembrance Day this morning

This year exactly 101 years to the day after the end of the First World War

Devils strike early, hang on for 2-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver now 0-8-3 in last 11 games versus New Jersey

Most Read