Craigflower Bridge Now Open

The Town of View Royal and the District of Saanich are pleased to announce that Admirals Road, from Island Highway in View Royal to Gorge Road in Saanich, is now open to all traffic.

Please be advised that the Town of View Royal’s current Truck Route Bylaw, No. 456, 2002, is back into effect for Island Highway traffic. Island Highway is no longer an optional route for trucks that had been permitted to use it during the bridge construction period.

The Town of View Royal would like to thank all local businesses for their patience and understanding during the construction period:
Achieve Health – Admirals Self Storage – Admirals Walk Dental
Admirals Walk Optometry Clinic – Admirals Walk Pet Clinic – Appletree Restaurant
All Weather Shelters – Alsco Uniform & Linen Service – Amrikko’s Restaurant
Avalon Drycleaning and Laundromat – Beauty Nailz & Spa – Canadian Tire
Coast Capital Savings – Colonial Railings – Curves – Dairy Queen – Econo Lodge
Elmo’s Antiques & Collectables – First Choice Haircutters – Four Mile Liquor Store
Four Mile Pub – Funk & Fur Pet Spa – Great Canadian Dollar Store – Harreson’s Military
International Restorers Ltd – Inwood Designs – Island Laboratory Services
L B Crane Rentals – Lejeune Performance & Fabricating Inc – Little Tokyo
Medical Services and Specialists (View Royal Square –284 Helmcken Road)
Ming House – Moka House – NAI Commercial Inc – Oakridge Windows & Doors
Pete’s Tent & Awning – Petro Canada & Mac’s Convenience Store – Pharmasave
Public Service Alliance of Canada – Pure Pharmacy – Reliable Controls – Rexall
Royal Palace Restaurant – Salvation Army – Scotiabank – Second Slice Pizza
Select Mortgage Corporation – Slegg Lumber – Smythe Ratcliffe Debt Advisors
South Island Woodworks – Subway Restaurant – Te’mexw Treaty Association
Thrifty Foods – TLD Computers – Top Dog Pizza – Trio Ready-Mix
Ultimate Water Store – View Royal Market – View Royal Reading Centre
Verico Select Mortgages – Victoria Car Clinic – Wall Bed Depot
Wayne’s Trucking Ltd – Wine Maker – Wine Kitz – Your Pet Pals

Here are some of the latest photos of the bridge (newest to oldest):

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Looking north from View Royal end of bridge.
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Looking south from Saanich end of bridge.
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Finishing the landscaping.
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Removing the last of the barricades!
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Town of View Royal and District of Saanich vehicles cross the bridge.
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Looking south just before bridge opening!
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Sealing the concrete deck.
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The bridge at night.
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Paving intersection of Island Highway and Admirals Road.
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The ceremony on April 26th, 2014 was a great success! In addition to View Royal Mayor Graham Hill, who hosted the event, Mike Bernier (MLA for Peace River South), Dan Albas (MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla), Chief Andy Thomas (Esquimalt First Nation) and Al Hasham (Vice Chair for the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce) all attended and spoke at the event. A great turnout to celebrate the new bridge in our community!
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Craigflower Bridge Replacement Project Nearing Completion

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News Release
For Immediate Release

Craigflower Bridge Replacement Project Nearing Completion
Project, which also includes upgrades to Admirals Road, made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

April 26, 2014 – View Royal and Saanich 

The Craigflower Bridge Replacement Project, linking the Town of View Royal and the District of Saanich, is nearing completion. The bridge is anticipated to re-open to vehicular traffic in early to mid-May. The replacement of the 80-year-old Craigflower Bridge, which now includes three vehicle lanes, bike lanes, widened sidewalks and enhanced lighting means that residents and businesses alike will benefit from an improved, and safer, significant transportation route.

The project also includes several upgrades to Admirals Road, between Island Highway and Gorge Road, such as the construction of new sidewalks, bike lanes and safety features, stormwater treatment facilities and rain gardens, as well as the replacement of sanitary sewer lines, storm drains and water mains and a complete road reconstruction.

The completed project will cost just over $15.5 million, and was made possible thanks to nearly $14 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund, over $1.2 million from the Town of View Royal and $320,000 from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada provides $250,697,000 in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.
  • Since 2006, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made approximately $9.2 millionavailable to the Town of View Royal and $32 million to the District of Saanich.

Quotes

“Our Government is proud to provide municipalities with flexible infrastructurefunding that allows them to support projects that address the needs of their community, like the Craigflower Bridge replacement. The improvements made possible through the federal Gas Tax Fund will ensure safer travel for local residents, businesses and visitors for years to come.” 

Dan Albas
Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla

“The new Craigflower Bridge is a stellar example of B.C.’s partnership in the Gas Tax Fund. Through this partnership, we have accomplished this important infrastructure project that will improve transportation, foster growth and contribute to a more sustainable environment for a stronger British Columbia.”

 Mike Bernier
MLA for Peace River South
On behalf of Coralee Oakes
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

“Our new Craigflower Bridge is a legacy project that connects two grand neighbourhoods. It fulfills a commitment to our residents, our businesses, our First Nations and to our region and is a lasting statement rooted in the principles of “healthy communities” and our investment in prosperity.”

Graham Hill
Mayor, Town of View Royal

“The Craigflower Bridge replacement provides a significant upgrade to the Capital Region’s transportation network. I am pleased the federal Gas Tax Fund has supported this cooperative project between the Town of View Royal and the District of Saanich.”

Rhona Martin
UBCM President

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Contacts

Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Deb Becelaere
Superintendent of Engineering
Town of View Royal
250-479-6800
admiralsroad@saanich.ca

Jim Hemstock, P. Eng.
Project Manager
District of Saanich
250-475-5464
admiralsroad@saanich.ca

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Communications
250-356-6334

Paul Taylor
Director of Communications
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
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New Craigflower Bridge Celebration

The Craigflower Bridge Replacement Project is nearing completion! Admirals Road, from Island Highway in View Royal to Gorge Road in the District of Saanich, is anticipated to be re-opened to vehicular traffic in early to mid-May.

Prior to the opening of Admirals Road and the bridge, the Town of View Royal and the District of Saanich are hosting a modest ceremony, with representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments in attendance. You are invited to attend the ceremony, which has been set for SATURDAY, APRIL 26th, 2014 at 10:00AM. It will take place on the sidewalk on the east side of the new bridge.

There is parking for the event along Gorge Road, west of Admirals Road, as well as limited parking in the perimeter areas of the Canadian Tire parking lot, located at the corner of Island Highway and Admirals Road.

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Removal of the Work Bridge

Crews have begun to remove the work bridge; the last activity that will affect the waterway. As the work bridge is removed, final restoration on the banks can be finished and the new railing and street lights can be installed on the west side of the bridge.
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Construction Progress (2 of 2)

The east side of the bridge is complete and open to pedestrians and cyclists! Work continues on the west side of the bridge. The bridge is scheduled to open to vehicle traffic in mid-May with the final completion in June. Here’s another set of pictures that shows the latest progress (newest to oldest):

Installing the first banner on a street light pole.
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Installing railings on the west side of the bridge.
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Installing pedestrian and cyclist symbols on east side.
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Removing the remainder of the temporary work bridge.
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Removing the temporary walkway on the west side of the bridge.
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Installing green bike lane on Admirals Road south of the bridge.
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The new bridge: looking west.
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East side of bridge open to pedestrians and cyclists.
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Pedestrians and cyclists have now been moved over from the temporary walkway on the west side to the new bridge on the completed east side.
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East side of bridge complete!
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Installing handrail and cabling on the east side of the bridge.
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Installing lines on the new pavement on Admirals Road south of the bridge.
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Landscaping on Admirals Road at north end of bridge complete.
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Installing the first street light on the crash barrier on the east side of the bridge.
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Paving the second layer of asphalt on Admirals Road south of the bridge.
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Pouring the coloured concrete for the bike lane on the east side of the bridge.
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Construction Progress (1 of 2)

Lots of progress has been made on the project! Below is the first set of some pictures that show what crews have been up to in the last few weeks (newest to oldest):

Installing the utility infrastructure under the bridge.
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Starting the installation of the posts for the railing on the east side of the bridge.
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Paving the first layer of asphalt on Admirals Road south of the bridge.
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Preparing Admirals Road south of the bridge for pavement.
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The deck sidewalk on the east side of the bridge complete.
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Pouring the concrete for the deck sidewalk on the east side of the bridge.
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The reinforcing steel for sidewalk and bike lane on the east side of bridge is complete.
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The electrical wiring for the bridge lighting in the crash barrier on the west side of the bridge is completed.
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Installing railing along the back of sidewalk on the southeast end of the bridge.
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Landscaping is in place on Admirals Road south of Gorge Road.
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The sidewalks and stamped concrete work is almost complete on Admirals Road north of the bridge; pedestrian crosswalk beacons are installed.
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Crews working on landscaping on Admirals Road north of the bridge.
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Removal of Overhead Power Lines

BC Hydro crews are on-site this week to run power lines through the new ducting that was recently installed underneath the bridge. When finished, they will permanently remove the overhead power lines that span the waterway. Putting these power lines under the bridge  not only improves the esthetics of the project, but also removes the risk of injury and/or death to the many birds of the Gorge area from hitting the overhead power lines when taking off from the water.

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