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


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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.

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.

North East False Creek before diagram - without the viaducts North East False Creek before diagram - with the viaducts

The future street network and area planning

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.

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

Next steps following Council approval

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.

Top issues

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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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