A crowd gathers on the Johnson Street bridge to look at the giant crane and barge where the rings sat waiting to be lifted into place for the replacement bridge Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge installation draws crowd

First of two 290-tonne steel rings installed Saturday afternoon

Crowds gathered around the old Johnson Street bridge Saturday morning and afternoon hoping to catch a glimpse of the new bridge parts being lifted into place.

The lower counterweight was lifted into place Saturday morning, and the north ring was installed in the afternoon. People waited at Mermaid Wharf, and stopped while crossing the old bridge hoping to get a look at the action. The bridge was closed to the public while the rings were being lifted.

The south ring is scheduled to be lifted tomorrow.

MORE STORIES on the Johnson Street bridge replacement.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

 

Workers tilt and lift the first of the 290-tonne steel rings into position Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon into its new permanent location. The lower counterweight was lifted and placed earlier that morning. The second ring will be installed Sunday (Dec. 10). (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge replacement project manager Jonathan Huggett takes questions as observers wait to see one of the two steel rings lifted into place Saturday (Dec. 9) morning. The first ring began lifting around 2:00 p.m. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

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