The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts

In fall 2015, Council will consider whether to proceed with replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

The City is exploring opportunities to replace the two elevated roadways with a mostly at-grade street network — i.e. streets built on the ground — as part of a strategic planning review of Northeast False Creek.


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

Why consider replacing 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.

What is being proposed?

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.

If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled events, you can read more and see our most recent presentation »


Tell us what you think
We want to know what you think about the future of Vancouver’s viaducts. Here's your chance to share with us.

Your responses will be submitted anonymously, and the information will be used to guide planning in the area.

Last modified: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:07:14