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Burrard Bridge and Pacific Street Intersection Upgrades

We are rehabilitating the Burrard Bridge, and improving safety and connections for people using the bridge from the Burrard-Pacific intersection.

Project details


  • Burrard Street and Pacific Street intersection
  • Burrard Bridge


View a map of the upgraded intersection (15 MB PDF)

Expected duration

  • Start: March/April 2016
  • End: Late 2017

Hours of work

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 4:00pm
  • Weekends as needed


  • Under construction

How this project may affect you


During construction, one travel lane in each direction will stay open on Burrard Street. Some full road closures will be needed on weekends to allow for major roadwork and final paving.

Burrard and Pacific intersection, and Pacific Street from Thurlow to Burrard

Road and electrical construction continues. This intersection will operate with reduced vehicle capacity (number of lanes) until the end of the project.

Davie Street to Pacific Street

Drake Street to Pacific Street:  Street, cycling and pedestrian imrpovements are complete on the west side of Burrard Street. Work will be focused on the east side of Burrard Street between Pacific Street and Drake Street until early June 2017. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.

Pacific, Thurlow to Burrard: COMPLETE

Burrard Bridge 

Reconstruction of the existing stairs on the northwest corner of the bridge is complete and stairs have been reopened.

The concrete railing on the east side of the bridge has been removed and the new pre-fabricated concrete railing panels are being installed.

Reconstruction of the northeast stairs is complete, however the stairs will remain closed until the fall.

The northeast section of the bridge is being widened.  Traffic lanes are reduced from five to three vehicle lanes.  Pedestrians and bicycle access will be maintained over the bridge throughout the project.

Access to residences and businesses

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks and crosswalks will be generally maintained throughout construction.

How this project will improve the city 

A safer bridge in good condition

A safer Burrard-Pacific intersection for all road users

Better connections for people walking and cycling

Minimal impact to travel times and access

More trees

Fencing and heritage lamp posts

 Help is always available for anyone in crisis or distress.

If you or someone you know needs help, phone:

  • 604-872-3311 (Vancouver)
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (anywhere in BC)

How these upgrades link to Transportation 2040

Improvements to the Burrard Bridge were approved in principle as part of the Transportation 2040 plan, which was adopted by Council in 2012.

Relevant plan directions include:

  1. Improve safety, eliminating transportation-related fatalities
  2. Increase green transportation so that at least two-thirds of all trips on foot, bike, or transit by 2040
  3. Make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  4. Manage the road network efficiently for all road users

Burrard Bridge and the other False Creek bridges are top priorities for improvement because:

  • Each bridge has unique challenges that can make walking and biking difficult
  • Declining motor vehicle volumes and the timing of required maintenance on all three bridges make it possible to combine improvements for less money

City contact

Do Nguyen
Community Liaison
Phone: 604-673-8458


Did you know?

Since we improved the Burrard-Pacific intersection at south end of the bridge in 2014, the number of cycling trips across the bridge grew more than 25 per cent to over 1.3 million annually in 2015.