Cycling: Bridge and cycling lane news for downtown Victoria

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For cyclists, two projects to be aware of include the imminent installation of the steel rings and counterweight for the new Johnson Street Bridge. This part of the project is scheduled to take place on December 8th.

A crane barge dubbed “The Dynamic Beast” will be stationed under the bridge for nearly a week as workers lift and place the steel rings and install the counterweight.

The bridge will be closed off and on to all including cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles. Avoid the area.

On the first day, The Dynamic Beast’s barge will pass under the bridge into the Upper Harbour. This will cause a closure for nearly an hour between 7:00 am to 9:00 am.

The day after – if all goes according to plan – The Dynamic Beast will be positioned in the channel under the old “blue bridge”. This will cause the same closure times.

There will be random and intermittent bridge closures between 9:15 am and 5:00 pm

On the third day, The Dynamic Beast will cause closures between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. A 45-minute closure will happen when the crane barge exits the Upper Harbour.

Bike Lanes:

The City of Victoria is looking at other additional concepts for transport infrastructure in the downtown area. There will be public consultation beginning Monday, Nov. 27th to discuss future bike lanes that will run on Humboldt, Cook and Wharf Streets.

Sarah Webb with the City of Victoria says that there are several more options for providing feedback over the coming weeks, including on-street discussions and a public open house.

Currently, there is work being done on Fort Street to install new bike lanes, however, after public consultation, the work will be much lighter and infrequent during the holiday shopping season.

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