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The Johnson Street Bridge: Victoria B.C | by Brandon Godfrey
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The Johnson Street Bridge: Victoria B.C

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The Johnson Street Bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the harbour of Victoria, British Columbia. It is nicknamed "Big Blue" because of its distinctive blue colour.


The bascule spans were designed by the Strauss Bascule Company Limited and were fabricated in Ontario. The sub-structure was built by the City of Victoria Engineering Department and required 9, 144 cubic metres of concrete. The bridge was completed in January 1924 at a cost of C$918,000. The original wood deck was replaced by a steel grid in 1966 and the steel structure was repainted in 1979 as part of an extensive renovation.


The bridge has two opening spans of 45 m (148 ft) that operate independently, a three-lane highway span of 350 tonnes and a railway span of 150 tons. The approaches are fixed girders, the east is 34 m (112 ft) and the west is 22 m (72 ft). The counterweights are made of hollow concrete and total 780 tonnes. Daily traffic is 30,000 vehicles.



Three raw exposures taken at -2, 0, +2 EV. Tonemapped in Photomatix, then bumped contrast and did an Unsharp Mask in PSE7 to enhance the details.






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Taken on September 3, 2009