People cycling on a protected bike lane
Photo by Paul Krueger

Streetscape design: Northeast False Creek

Refining the design of a new ground-level street network

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The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be replaced with a new complete street network. 

We began investigating the possible replacement of the viaducts in 2010. In 2015, years of research was presented to Council outlining the benefits of a new complete street network and its capacity to manage the volume of vehicle traffic. 

Key documents

What to expect with the 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

Proposed street network illustrations

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Georgia Street before

    By City of Vancouver

  • Georgia Street after (proposed)

    By City of Vancouver

  • Pacific Boulevard before

    By City of Vancouver

  • Pacific Boulevard after (proposed)

    By City of Vancouver

  • Main Street before

    By City of Vancouver

  • Main Street after (proposed)

    By City of Vancouver

  • Traffic flow model for the proposed street network

    By City of Vancouver

    Watch how vehicles will travel on streets after the viaducts are removed.

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

How the new street network will be funded

The projected $180-200 million 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

Decision to remove the viaducts

The decision to replace the viaducts with a ground-level street network was based on several years of testing, analysis, and consultation.

 

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By City of Vancouver

 

  • Reduced maintenance costs

    By City of Vancouver

    Ground-level streets are 5 to 10 times cheaper to maintain over time compared to viaducts.

  • Resilient infrastructure

    By City of Vancouver

    Ground-level streets can withstand earthquakes and flooding better than viaducts.

  • Improved connections

    By City of Vancouver

    Pacific Boulevard will better connect Northeast False Creek and its surroundings compared to the viaducts.

  • Bigger, better park

    By City of Vancouver

    The ground-level street network will make more room for parks and housing.

Documents and studies

View the policies, strategies, studies, and public feedback that have shaped Northeast False Creek.