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Johnson Street Bridge update highlights cost savings for Victoria taxpayers

A quarterly update of the Johnson Street Bridge project highlighted good news, as the bridge design nears its final rendering to eliminate cost overrun risks.

On Thursday, council heard that contractor PCL has determined additional foundational supports for the bridge aren't necessary, providing about $462,000 in additional savings.

The project's contingency fund now sits at $2.8 million to deal with unanticipated cost overruns for the $63.2-million contract.

Council also requested contractors provide a "digital walk-through" to help residents envision walking, cycling and driving over the bridge.

Staff initially thought reducing accent lighting could reduce costs for the bridge, but discussions with developers made it clear those savings would be minimal while reducing the bridge's aesthetic appeal.

"I do think the lighting is a critical, desired component," Coun. Pam Madoff said.

Councillors also voiced appreciation for accommodations made under the bridge for kayakers and small marine vessels. An opening channel will be increased by four metres and a concrete barrier will separate smaller vessels from larger ones.

The bridge is slated for completion in late 2015.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

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