Victoria Quay Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Victoria Quay Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Victoria Quay Bridge
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Project Summary

The Victoria Quay Bridge Rehabilitation Project consists of repairs to the bridge supporting structure as well as sealing cracks in the bridge deck. The project is budgeted at $100,000 from the City’s 2016 capital budget. Construction is planned for September, 2016. 

Project Details

Victoria Quay Bridge spans Roger Creek where it enters the Somass River. Built in 1953, the structure was designed with four spans held up by concrete abutments on either end and by timber and piles in the middle. The bridge is 42.9 m long and 11.6 m wide including sidewalks.  An independent assessment has identified that the wooden supporting structure under Victoria Quay Bridge has settled over time, moving the steel support beams away from the underside of the concrete bridge deck. Because of this, the concrete deck now impacts the steel beams underneath whenever a vehicle drives over the bridge, causing the bridge deck surface to crack and further settlement of the wooden piling supports.

A phased rehabilitation is planned, with this initial project intended to mitigate further damage through the installation of deck supports and sealing the cracks in the bridge deck. Further work on the bridge will be required within the next five years, however this initial project is being undertaken to extend the lifespan of the bridge and provide an appropriate level of rehabilitation.  

Project Updates

September 19, 2016 - News Release

The City of Port Alberni’s $100,000 Victoria Quay Bridge Rehabilitation Project has been completed – on time and within budget.

The Victoria Quay Bridge will reopen to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians tonight, Monday, September 19. The bridge has been closed to traffic since September 6th to allow contractors to undertake necessary repairs to the bridge.

The two-week project included repairs to the bridge supporting structure, sealing cracks in the bridge deck and removal of wood debris from Roger Creek.

"We are very pleased with the efforts of our staff and contractors for completing this project quickly and efficiently,” said Tim Pley, Chief Administrative Officer.  “We also really appreciate the patience that the community showed throughout the project."

While this initial repair is now complete, additional work will be required in future years as the bridge nears the end of its useful service life.  This work will be planned in accordance with the City’s overall asset management approach that targets maintenance, renewal, and replacement of infrastructure based on condition, service levels, and risk. 

September 6, 2016

A full closure of the Victoria Quay Bridge has commenced today with work beginning on the underside of the bridge to make repairs to the supporting structure.  

With the closure, vehicle traffic is being detoured along Gertrude Street.  Construction and detour signs are in place to warn motorists of the closure and to guide traffic. The City will be making adjustments to the traffic signal timing at the intersection of Roger and Gertrude St. to accommodate the additional traffic flow along these roads. However, drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and patience when travelling in the area.       

Contractors are working to install shims between the bridge deck and the steel support beams.  A working platform has been installed underneath the bridge to allow the contractor to perform this work over the next few days.  Once complete, work will then shift to sealing the cracks in the bridge deck and removal of debris from the creek that has collected against the pilings.

At 63 years old, the Victoria Quay Bridge requires repairs to mitigate structural deficiencies.  Additional work will be required in future years as the bridge nears the end of its useful service life.   

  

August 30, 2016

News Release - The City of Port Alberni is closing the Victoria Quay Bridge over Roger Creek beginning Tuesday, September 6th and continuing for two weeks while repairs are undertaken.

  

For more information, please contact
Wilf Taekema
Manager of Operations

Public Works Yard, 4150 6th Avenue
Port Alberni BC V9Y 4M9

Telephone: 
250-720-2845