A majority of respondents preferred an arched steel base for the new Craigflower bridge. A final concept deign is now before View Royal and Saanich councils.

Craigflower bridge work expected to start in June

The new look for Craigflower bridge is being considered by View Royal and Saanich councils this week.

  • Jan. 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.

View Royal, Saanich consider final design

The new look for Craigflower bridge is being considered by View Royal and Saanich councils this week.

The final proposed design is a combination of two bridge styles presented at an open house in View Royal last month. It incorporates the arched steel base and aligns the roadways at a slight curve to allow wider bike lanes and more amenity space on the downriver side of the bridge surface.

“The level of feedback we received has been excellent,” said Saanich transportation manager Jim Hemstock, noting that 300 people attended the open last month and many more have emailed their thoughts on the design.

“This is a highly visible bridge in a predominant location. People want it to look good.”

If both councils approve the design, the busy bridge will carry three lanes of traffic, estimated at about 18,000 vehicles per day. Concrete barriers will separate two-metre wide cycling lanes and concrete sidewalks on each side of the street.

The bridge will have an additional platform at the centre of the downstream side, which could be used for herring fishing or as a viewing platform with seating.

“I’d like to see someone selling hot dogs there,” Hemstock remarked.

Lampposts will run along the bridge to illuminate the vehicle lanes, and bike lanes will be brightened by lights embedded in the concrete barrier.

The design doesn’t incorporate wood from the current bridge, which had been suggested for use on the sidewalk.

Hemstock said the public wasn’t big on the idea because a wood surface would be bumpy for people in wheelchairs or pushing strollers. It’s also more expensive to maintain.

“We’re still going to keep the beams (from the current bridge) to incorporate into something — maybe a bench or the railing,” he said.

A second public open house will be scheduled next month to work out those finer design details and to brainstorm ways to reduce the impact of construction.

Hemstock said nearly everyone he’s spoken to agrees the bridge should be shut down completely for six months during construction, rather than spending about $2 million to keep a single lane open and causing the project to last 18 months.

The bridge could be open in as little as three months if construction crews work around the clock.

While the bridge is closed, traffic will have to detour to Tillicum or Helmcken roads to cross the Gorge Waterway. For pedestrians, and school children in particular, there’s talk of providing a water taxi during construction.

The design concept and construction schedule was considered by View Royal council yesterday (Jan. 17, after this paper went to press) and will go to Saanich council Jan. 23. Work is expected to commence in June.

Replacing the nearly 80-year-old Craigflower bridge with the proposed span is estimated to cost $10.8 million, of which $10 million will be paid through gas tax funds allocated by the Capital Regional District. Sannich will cover 60 per cent of the remaining bill and View Royal, because it’s smaller, will contribute the remaining 40 per cent.

Updates on the project are available at www.saanich.ca/services/roads/craigflower.html. Feedback on the designs can be emailed to admiralsroad@saanich.ca.





Just Posted

More than 900 new units planned for Langford Lake development

Council still has to sign-off on rezoning application

Hey Amazon, the bid’s in the mail: Langford mayor

The City of Langford has officially submitted its bid to become the home of Amazon HQ2.

Art has become a lifestyle for local resident

Coast Collective’s latest exhibit celebrates all things late fall

Deadline looming for youth transitional housing

Province says funding for 10 units not available at this time

Island athletes compete at Dragon Boat Championship in China

Eight paddlers will be part of team representing Canada Oct. 18-23

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

EDITORIAL: It’s time to change the sexual assault conversation

The words “Me Too” are taking social media by storm this week,… Continue reading

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Event puts pets in the picture for Halloween

Pets West holding Halloween party Oct. 29 at its Broadmead Village location

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Most Read