VicPD received multiple 911 calls just after 1:30 a.m. after the intoxicated man was seen falling into the water below the bridge. (City of Victoria webcam)

Investigation into Johnson Street Bridge fall to evaluate safety measures

City of Victoria responds after death on Dec. 15

The city will review safety feedback from an investigation after a man fell from the Johnson Street Bridge in the early morning of Dec. 15.

“Our hearts go out to the family and all those touched by this tragic incident,” said Fraser Work, director of engineering and public works.

“Safety is a primary design requirement for all City infrastructure. Safety design and reviews are important parts of the bridge replacement project and operational programs. Safety railings, gates and lighting are installed along the bridge, with applicable signage to remove access to restricted areas. In addition to the design work, the City completed independent safety reviews with support from third-party consultants and experts.”

READ MORE: Man dies after fall from Johnson Street Bridge

Located at the Canadian Coast Guard Base in Victoria, the Victoria Search and Rescue team has responded to 65 incidents in Victoria area waters since June 2018. The Coast Guard does not keep track of information including how many of these incidents resulted in death or how many were alcohol-related.

“We look closely at our systems whenever there is an incident or a near-miss, or when issues are brought forward. The City will be working with VicPD and the Coroner Service to review all safety feedback from their investigations,” Work said.

With files from Keri Coles.

READ MORE: City opens new pathway, observation decks at Johnson Street Bridge


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