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Crews removing bridge in $1.8-million project

Dec 11 2011

Contractors are starting pre-construction work on the Johnson Street railbridge replacement, removing the rail bridge and relocating the underwater Telus communication lines.

The work will take place over the next four months and is to be completed by the end of March.

Ruskin Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract for the work for $1.84 million. Workers are now onsite. The Telus work will be completed first as in-water work is limited to certain times of the year.

The rail bridge will be removed in mid-February with preparations starting in January, according to city staff.

They say neighbouring businesses, residents, marine users and those who might be affected by construction are to be kept informed and potential impacts are to be mitigated.

No immediate traffic impacts are expected.

A construction crew of about 20 people will be working onsite over the next four months, in addition to City staff and Telus contractors.

Ruskin Construction was the lowest of five bidders for the contract, coming in about $600,000 below the next closest bid. Ralmax Group of Companies, of Victoria, is the subcontractor for the project.

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