For a few days, a “Dynamic Beast” will inhabit Victoria.
That’s the name of a 330ft-tall crane slated to lift and place the Johnson St bridge’s steel rings and lower counterweight.
One of the largest cranes in Western Canada, the “Beast” is slated to arrive on December 8 and will stay for up to five days.
The best view of the construction activities will be from the northeast side of the bridge near Canoe Club and Mermaid Wharf or on the project webcam (below).
Expect Delays and Closures
During the major steel ring and counterweight lifts, there will be significant impacts to the public as the existing Johnson Street Bridge will be periodically closed to all pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.
These closures could be several hours in length and are necessary to ensure public safety.
Significant traffic delays are expected during the closures. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should plan to use the Bay Street Bridge.
Information boards will be placed on the east and west sides of the bridge to advise the public of the delays and some noise and additional lighting around the construction area should also be expected during the construction period. Emergency services and BC Transit have also been notified and some bus routes will be altered.
To accommodate this work, the marine channel under the Johnson Street Bridge will also be closed to all marine traffic while the Dynamic Beast is parked in the marine channel. This closure applies to all vessels including industrial and commercial vessels, and smaller boats such as sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.
Construction Schedule (subject to change)
Day 1 (December 8th)
The Dynamic Beast crane barge will pass under the current bridge into the Upper Harbour
An approximate 45-minute closure of the existing bridge will occur sometime between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Day 2 (December 9th)
The Dynamic Beast crane barge will be positioned in the channel under the existing bridge. An approximate 45-minute closure of the existing bridge will occur sometime between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
The Dynamic Beast crane barge will also lift the lower counterweight and north ring into the bascule pier
Intermittent bridge closures will occur for several hours between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m
Day 3 (December 10th)
The Dynamic Beast crane barge will lift the south ring into the bascule pier and depart Victoria
Intermittent closures will occur between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and an approximate 45-minute closure will occur when the crane barge exits from under the current bridge between 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Note: The dates and times above are subject to change and are weather dependent as the steel pieces cannot be lifted during high winds.