BRIAN SIMMONS ON ESCALATING JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE REPAIR COSTS: ‘The last upgrade for refurbishment to $80 million was due to additions made due to Council’s desires, not the engineers.’

DELCAN STRUCTURAL, SYSTEM AND SEISMIC REVIEW

SAYS REPAIRS TO JOSEPH STRAUSS’ BRIDGE 

ARE A JUSTIFIABLE OPTION

 

Re: “The Blue Bridge: An engineer’s perspective,” August 14, 2010, Victoria Times Colonist

The writer’s perspective on the Johnson Street Bridge was interesting, but didn’t refer to any current assessment details and instead made assumptions based on the condition of other bridges he has seen during his career.

The conclusions, such as “from my experience with many other steel bridges, I believe that the structure has passed the point of economical repair and that conditions would be encountered which require greater time to repair than anticipated” are contradicted by the Delcan report on the bridge’s condition.

The bridge is rusty and in need of some TLC, but the most detailed assessment report states that it is worth the money spent to repair if we had chosen to go that way.

We should try to stick to the facts in cases like this.

After Delcan’s lengthy structural, system and seismic review, the report said:

“Based on the findings of this study either a repair or a replacement option could be justified from a cost perspective” and quoted a $24.7-million price on a refit of the bridge that would satisfy every reasonable building standard.

The last price upgrade for refurbishment to $80 million was due to additions made due to [Victoria City] Council’s desires, not the engineers.


Brian Simmons

Victoria

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Report says repairs a justifiable option

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Page A11


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