Steel shortage not hitting Johnson Street Bridge replacement – yet

PCL Constructors is sourcing steel for its $10-million lift span from China.

  • Jul. 20, 2013 12:00 p.m.

A North American steel shortage affecting the completion date of the Craigflower Bridge isn’t causing delays on the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project, according to city officials.

PCL Constructors is sourcing steel for its $10-million lift span from China, having locked in a price at the end of 2012, said Katie Josephson, City of Victoria spokeswoman.

However, PCL still needs to find steel for the bridge’s pile caissons, reinforcing and other elements from a North American producer.

“Our contractor has confirmed they are not experiencing any delays at this time for steel delivery,” Josephson said.

The Johnson Street bridge is being replaced at a cost of $92.8 million and is scheduled for completion in late 2015.