Since June 2012, I have volunteered as a member of the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Citizens Advisory Panel for the City of Victoria. This 6 person panel, made up of various professionals and municipal staff, meets 6 to 8 times a year. Our mandate is to provide input, ask critical questions, and to be routinely updated with the overall work plan.
I am honoured to be involved with a project of this magnitude. Not only for the scale of civil engineering and infrastructure construction, but also towards the cultural impact for Victoria. This bridge for me symbolizes progress in Victoria and the Capital Region. Ideas around cycling, connecting walkable neighbourhoods, and revitalizing waterfront spaces, are being realized. It reminds me that Victoria is a leader, nationally and internationally. A centre where creative ideals and ideas thrive. When I look at my city, I see: a Provincial Capital; a city part of a larger urban network (Vancouver and Seattle); the largest urban centre on a majestic island; and the last city in Canada to see the sunset. Below, are photos from our early morning site visit last week. All photos are shot on 35mm film with my trusty Yashica T4.
For more on the project check out the official site (here).