The completion of Victoria’s long-awaited Johnson Street Bridge finally seems to be on the horizon (knock on wood).
Three years after its original estimated completion date, the first shipment of steel for the new bridge finally arrived in British Columbia over the weekend.
However, the Chinese-built bridge segments are making a stop in the mainland before they arrive at their final destination.
According to the City of Victoria, the steel, which arrived in North Vancouver, will be loaded onto a barge at the Lynnterm Terminal. That barge will then make the trip to Victoria, arriving at the Point Hope Shipyard later this week.
Second Shipment Due to Depart
This shipment is the first of two. The second is currently being loaded onto a ship in China and will depart later this week, arriving in Victoria in late September.
The first steel shipment contains the north and south rings, the lower counterweight, and a temporary structure to support various components of the bridge during installation.
The second shipment of steel includes two steel trusses, the travel deck for cars and bikes, and the pedestrian and multi-use pathways.
Officials have set the opening date for the new Johnson Street Bridge in March 2018.