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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: Mid 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.

August: 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.

August: Davie Street to Pacific Street

Drake Street to Pacific Street: Storm sewer construction continues and road construction will start in August. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Traffic capacity will be further reduced on Burrard St at Drake St to accommodate the road construction. Work in this section of Burrard St will continue until Spring 2017.

Pacific, Thurlow to Burrard: NEARING COMPLETION. Sewer, road and electrical construction will be completed on the south side of Pacific Street. Retaining wall and road construction will also be completed on the north side of Pacific east of Thurlow St. Temporary closure of one lane on Pacific St between Thurlow St and Burrard St, including single lane alternating traffic.

August: Burrard Bridge 

Work on the west side of the bridge is now underway. Traffic lanes have been reduced from five vehicle lanes to three vehicle lanes. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained over the bridge.

Reconstruction of the existing stairs on the northwest corner of the bridge begins in August. Pedestrian will be provided alternate access until the permanent stairs are re-opned in late fall.

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

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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.