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Streets and connectivity in the Northeast False Creek Area Plan

Northeast False Creek current street network Northeast False Creek proposed street network without the viaducts

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The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are aging, seismically vulnerable, and need to be replaced.

The decision to replace the viaducts was based on several years of testing, analysis, and consultation.

The proposed replacement complete street network will provide improved efficiency and resiliency, focusing on a new two-way Georgia St that connects to a new two-way Pacific Blvd.

New street network

The new street network will: 

  • Accommodate 100% of today’s traffic volumes on new street network, mainly at ground level, with a direct connection to downtown via Georgia Street
  • Be more resilient to earthquakes
  • Be less expensive to maintain
  • Enhance connections between downtown, the waterfront, and the historic neighbourhoods
  • Provide for a larger waterfront park and more open spaces
  • Create significant public realm improvements including larger sidewalks, separated bike facilities, and larger trees

Compare current and proposed routes

Downtown to/from East Vancouver

Today, travel routes between Prior and Georgia / Dunsmuir use the viaducts Proposed travel routes between Prior and Georgia / Dunsmuir without the viaducts would use a two-way Pacific Blvd and Georgia St

Policy highlights

Ensure the design of the streets: 

  • Are for all ages, abilities, and modes of travel with comfortable, inclusive access for people walking, cycling, taking transit, and who have mobility challenges
  • Support a vibrant public life that encourages a walking culture, healthy lifestyles, and social connectedness
  • Meet the vehicle capacity needs of today, including transit, emergency services and goods movement

What we heard 

  • A desire to better understand traffic flow and congestion on the new street network
  • Concern about access into Chinatown
  • Accessibility for all ages and abilities
 

What we changed in response

  • Created an animation and diagrams illustrating the results of the three independent transportation engineering reports, available below
  • Continued community consultation on evolving street design
  • Working with an independent accessibility consultant to determine where and how the street design can exceed accessibility design standards
  • Designing the replacement street network design, creating additional certainty for design elements and cost

Our priorities

Accommodate vehicle traffic

Accommodate the movement of goods

Provide access to stadium events

Connect to new road in False Creek Flats

Connect to future hospital site

Support more cycling

Improve bus routes

Create great streets

Principles

Through the planning process, input has been incorporated from stakeholders and the broader public to develop a set of principles for designing streets within Northeast False Creek. The principles are as follows:

  • Accessibility
  • Adaptability and resiliency
  • Character
  • Permeability and connectivity
  • Public life
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Experience and place-making
  • Integrated utilities
  • Safe and inclusive

How the new street network will be funded

The projected cost of the proposed removal and replacement of the viaducts can be fully funded by:

  • Contributions from new and existing developments that we know will be eventually occurring in this area
  • Sales or leases of City land no longer used by the viaducts

This revenue would pay not only for the replacement of the viaducts, but also for other works needed in the area related to its development, including:

  • Designing, planning, and deconstructing the viaducts
  • Building the replacement street network
  • Upgrading sewer and water utilities
  • Cleaning up the contaminated soil
  • Improving Andy Livingstone Park