New bridge will create an estimated 900 local jobs, boost the economy and improve safety
VICTORIA, March 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for
Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced that the Government of
Canada will provide up to $37.5 million in funding to replace the
Johnson Street Bridge. Parliamentary Secretary Adams was joined for the
announcement by the Honourable Ida Chong, British Columbia's Minister
of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; His Worship Dean Fortin,
Mayor of Victoria; and Rhona Martin, second vice-president of the Union
of British Columbia Municipalities.
"Our government is proud to invest in the replacement of the Johnson
Street Bridge," said Parliamentary Secretary Adams. "Canadians gave us
a strong mandate to stay focused on the economy, and we are investing
in key infrastructure projects across the country to create jobs and
economic growth, and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity."
Over the next four years, the Johnson Street Bridge project is expected
to create an estimated 900 jobs and $500 million in economic
development. The new bridge will include on-road bicycle lanes;
improved accessibility for pedestrians, strollers and scooters; safer
road approaches; and connections to the Galloping Goose trail and the
future Harbour Pathways.
The estimated total cost of the replacement project is $77 million. The
federal government's contribution includes $21 million from the
Building Canada Fund and $16.5 million through Canada's Gas Tax Fund.
The City of Victoria will fund the remainder of the costs.
"The replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge is the single most
important infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Victoria. It
is a vital transportation link for the entire region and helps support
our thriving downtown," said Mayor Fortin. "This unprecedented
investment by the federal government is deeply appreciated by our
"The cost of replacing aging infrastructure like the Johnson Street
Bridge underscores the importance of revenue sharing programs like the
Gas Tax Fund," said Ms. Martin. "UBCM is very appreciative of the
contributions this program is making to infrastructure throughout
"This is a good example of how the Gas Tax Fund is supporting local
economies and jobs," said Minister Chong. "Eventual replacement of this
bridge will streamline access for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians,
providing an improved link to accommodate the region's future growth
and supporting low-carbon transportation options for residents and
Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides stable, long-term funding to local
governments and other organizations to help them build and revitalize
public infrastructure. The fund primarily supports capital projects
such as local roads, public transit, energy systems and waste
management infrastructure that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or
reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The UBCM administers the Gas Tax Fund
in B.C. in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia. The
Government of Canada, through the Gas Tax Fund, provides approximately
$250 million in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British
Columbia. On December 15, 2011, the Government of Canada passed
legislation to make the Gas Tax Fund a permanent annual investment of
The new Johnson Street Bridge will be complete and open to traffic by
the end of March 2016.
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SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ministry of Community, Sport
and Cultural Development
Director, Corporate Communications
City of Victoria