Bridge Price $105 Million, and Rising
On April 26, Victoria councillors voted to increase the budget for the new Johnson Street Bridge by $8.2 million — $2.4M to pay off claims filed by the contractor and engineering firms against the City of Victoria, $3.8M in new costs, and $2M in extra contingency. The bridge will open to traffic in December 2017, some two years late. Read the staff report here, and the Times Colonist’s report of the councillors’ decision here.
That likely isn’t the end of the increases, or delays. Millions more still need to be allocated for fendering and landscaping, and current construction schedules show many items “on hold”. The project’s engineer of record also gave a presentation on April 26 about the trouble-plagued fabrication of the movable span, and identified several “ongoing” welding problems … but assured the City that inspectors were catching all the issues, and that the fabricator was improving the quality of its work. Read his report here, or watch his presentation here (click on item #5 under the video).
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The Key Bridge Reports
- Delcan’s April 2009 Johnson Street Bridge Condition Assessment estimating rehabilitation and seismic upgrades to the 1924-built bridge for $23.6 million
- Commonwealth Historic Resource Management’s April 2009 Heritage Assessment of the Johnson Street Bridge identifying the 1924 bridge as a “very significant heritage landmark”
- MMM’s June 2010 Replacement and Rehabilitation Options presentation, increasing rehabilitation estimates to $80 million and replacement to $77 million
- Advicas Group’s June 2010 Class “C” Estimates detailing the increased replacement and rehabilitation costs
- Ipsos-Reid’s August 2010 Business and Residential Survey Results on the proposed rehabilitation and replacement options
- MMM’s March 2012 Johnson Street Bridge Project Update detailing the increased budget of $92.8 million
- Jonathan Huggett’s June 2014 Review of the Johnson Street Bridge Project examining its leadership problems, delays, design issues, and contractual liabilities
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Although we hold a variety of views on what should happen with the bridge, the three of us came together because of shared convictions:
- that the City of Victoria’s political process to replace the bridge is seriously flawed;
- that there are alternatives to this process;
- that Victorians deserve much more of a say about the process for a project of this scope.
The current estimate for replacing the Johnson Street Bridge is
$63 million $77 million $92.8 million $96.8 million. But numbers are only the beginning.
There is much more at stake. We hope that you will explore this site, to learn how you can inform yourself and make your voice heard.
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