Dennis Parsons on Johnson Street Bridge’s safety record: ‘No earthquake big enough to damage it ever occurred’

There are so many reasons for refurbishing the Blue Bridge it is a wonder that a new bridge was ever considered.

The present bridge has lasted for 90 years and did yeoman duty in its early life.

Sixty years ago it would be raised as many times in one day as it does now in two weeks, and if it failed to work it must have been for the shortest time.

Fortunately no earthquake big enough to damage it ever occurred.

The inconvenience to road travellers will become less and less as the four remaining businesses upstream are persuaded by developers to move to Esquimalt or elsewhere.

Perhaps there will come a day when the bridge will no longer need to be raised.

Wouldn’t it be better to refurbish the Old Lady with improved materials, methods and Canadian skills?

The bridge could be a “must see” around the Inner Harbour, along with the Empress, the legislative building and the statue of Emily Carr.

CCC BLOG reprint:

Make the Blue Bridge a tourist attraction

Dennis Parsons, Victoria

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Page A11

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2 Responses to Dennis Parsons on Johnson Street Bridge’s safety record: ‘No earthquake big enough to damage it ever occurred’

  1. Patrick says:

    Question: Does leaving the rail section of the already seriously weakened Johnson Street Bridge in the open position leave it very vulnerable to failure, (and possibly causing damage to the vehicle bridge) in the event of an earthquake?

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for your query, Patrick.

    It would seem to me that the logical answer to your question is: yes it does, not to mention the sad fact that it looks like hell, just as the Victoria tourist season is about to start.

    But, not to worry, Dino has everything under control, don’t you know?

    Gregory Hartnell

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