The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts

Council has approved plans to replace the viaducts with a ground-level street network

City staff recommended to Council that the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts be replaced with a new street network built on the ground. This proposal was based on a number of years of testing and analysis. On October 27, 2015, Council approved the removal of the viaducts and for staff to continue planning of the area.


Get background information on the viaducts study, see slideshows, and download reports.

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.

Next steps following Council approval

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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.

The decision to replace the viaducts

The viaducts are remnants of a 1960s freeway plan that was never fully completed. Originally designed to connect Downtown Vancouver, the viaducts now act as a barrier, cutting off surrounding neighbourhoods from the False Creek waterfront, the downtown, and each other. They are costly to maintain, seismically unstable, and offer poor connectivity to the surrounding area.

The future street network and area planning

The City is proposing 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 getting around the area. This means improved connections for a variety of transportation modes including walking, cycling, transit, goods movement and driving. There is a window of opportunity to establish this new connected street network before Northeast False Creek builds out.

Before and after map

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.

nefc-before nefc-after

Benefits of the proposed street replacement

  • Minimal traffic impacts
  • Better future street network
  • More resilient infrastructure for flood and earthquake safety
  • Lower on-going maintenance costs
  • Improved connections to communities
  • Larger Creekside Park extension
  • Improved options for walking, cycling, transit, goods movement, and driving
  • Dunsmuir Connection for walking and cycling to connect downtown and the park

If Council decides to replace the viaducts this fall, the detailed planning and design work can start.

Engineering Technical Studies

Driving routes: existing & replacement networks

Scroll through the images to see what you could expect if the viaducts are replaced with a new street network built on the ground.

Viaducts - Driver Routes Before & After

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Last modified: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:42:39

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