After a long journey at sea, the first shipment of steel components for the Johnson Street Bridge has finally come in to harbour in B.C.
The steel arrived at the Lynnterm Terminal in North Vancouver on Sunday and is expected to be moved to Victoria’s Point Hope Shipyard on Tuesday afternoon.
The shipment set sail from China more than a month ago and includes the north and south rings, the lower counterweight and temporary structure that will prop up components of the bridge while it is being built.
The second shipment leaves China by the end of the month and is scheduled to arrive in Victoria by the end of September.
Jonathan Huggett, project manager for the bridge, said the construction is reaching a turning point.
“It’s exciting, isn’t it? We’ve been through a lot of difficulties over the last two or three years. It’s a major turning-of-the-corner,” he said.
Once the second steel shipment arrives in September – that includes two steel trusses, the deck for cars and bikes and pedestrian and multi-use pathways – the rest of the work will be done in the city with Victoria-based companies. The next steps will be painting the rings and building a temporary support structure in the Bascule Pier to hold up the 50-foot, 350-tonne rings.
“We have everything now. We have the motors, we have the span support structure, the rings … it’s now just a question of assembling everything,” he said. “By Christmas, to the untrained eye, that bridge is going to look almost complete.”
The project is on track to be completed by March 31, 2018 after multiple delays.
Follow updates on the city’s website at victoria.ca.