Wayward tugboat damage to Johnson Street bridge be fixed

City of Victoria to pursue damage claim for incident

The City of Victoria is pursuing a claim for damages caused when a tugboat hit the Johnson Street Bridge pier in 2011.

The tug hit the south-facing fender of the west pier while towing a barge up the harbour.

“A substantial portion of the fender was damaged,” said Peter Sparanese, who is leading the bridge replacement project.

While the bridge will be demolished in roughly three years, marine users requested the city replace its fender in the meantime.

The city has issued a request for quotations for the work.

“Our expectation is (the tug operator’s insurance company) will be paying for the repair,” said city engineering director Dwayne Kalynchuk, who is seconded to the bridge project.

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