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In Fall 2015 Council voted to replace the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts with a new street network built on the ground and for staff to continue planning of the area.
This decision not only creates a more resilient, reliable street network, but also opens up new opportunities for better connections through neighbourhoods, a new 13-acre park along False Creek , and more community benefits, including affordable housing.
Slide the arrows from left to right in order to see a before and after comparison map of the Northeast False Creek area including the proposed street network and land use.
The City is moving forward with replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts with an at-grade street network. This decision was based on the fact the viaducts are costly to maintain, seismically unstable, and offer poor connectivity to the surrounding area.
The viaducts will be replaced with a new at-grade Pacific Boulevard and Georgia Street ramp. Studies have confirmed that this new street network can handle 100% of the current and future traffic volume and will be better adapted to accommodating improved options for moving around the area.
The new street network means improved connections for a variety of transportation modes including walking, cycling, transit, goods movement and driving. The future planning and design of Northeast False Creek, which includes the surrounding community and park extension, will incorporate the new street network designs.
Staff will start detailed planning and land negotiations and will report back to Council in early 2017 on a revised public benefits strategy as well as an update on negotiations.
Following the completion of detailed planning and design work, and the necessary agreements to advance removal of the viaducts, construction of the new street network could start in late 2017, and be complete by 2020.
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Scroll through the images to see what you could expect if the viaducts are replaced with a new street network built on the ground.
By City of Vancouver