In 2011, project consultants (Herold Engineering – Lead, Associated Engineering – Civil and HCMA – Bridge Architects) were asked to develop three concepts for a new bridge. When presented to the community, people liked different aspects of each concept design: the steel trusses from the first, the curving sidewalk from the second and the railings from the third. As a result, the team incorporated each of the preferred features into the final design.
The new Craigflower Bridge and Admirals Road upgrades include:
- One lane northbound into Saanich, and two lanes southbound; one to go through to Esquimalt and one to turn right onto Island Highway,
- Two metre sidewalks on both sides,
- Bike lanes or cycle track on bridge and approach roads,
- Stormwater treatment for the bridge and approaches,
- Provision for herring fishers on the bridge,
- Approach roads from Gorge Road on the north and Craigflower Road on the south,
- Bike lanes on Admirals Road from Gorge Road to Cowper Road,
- Sidewalks on Admirals Road from Gorge Road to Cowper Street, and
- Roadway reconstruction of the road from Gorge Road to Cowper Street.
Once completed, the bridge will be a lifeline structure designed to remain operational following a major earthquake.