- Start: March/April 2016
- End: Mid 2017
Hours of work
- Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 4:00pm
- Weekends as needed
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.
July: Burrard and Pacific intersection, and Pacific Street from Thurlow to Burrard
We are completing minor storm sewer works on Burrard St from Drake St to Pacific St. Work in this section will be ongoing for most of 2016. Temporary closures of lanes will be in effect. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open. High impact work will occur on some weekends.
Retaining wall construction will take place on the north side of Pacific east of Thurlow St. Temporary closure of one lane on Pacific St between Thurlow St and Burrard St.
Road and electrical construction continues at Burrard St and Pacific St intersection. This intersection will operate with reduced vehicle capacity (number of lanes) throughout project construction.
July: Burrard Bridge
Work on the west side of the bridge continues, and traffic lanes have been reduced from five vehicle lanes to three vehicle lanes. The City will maintain pedestrian and bicyle movements ove the bridge throughout project construction.
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
To ensure safety and keep the bridge in good condition, we plan to replace:
- Concrete handrails
- Street lights and allow for future electrical upgrades
- Barriers between driving and cycling lanes
To preserve a heritage landmark, we have worked with the heritage community to ensure the proposed design respects the bridge’s heritage significance.
A safer Burrard-Pacific intersection for all road users
To reduce collisions and conflicts at the Burrard-Pacific intersection, we propose to:
- Replace slip lanes with dedicated turn lanes
- Create protected signal phases for different road users and turn movements
- Increase separation between people walking, cycling, and driving
Better connections for people walking and cycling
To encourage safer and more convenient walking and cycling, we propose to:
- Enable walking on both sides of the bridge (currently not permitted on the east side)
- Increase separation between people walking, cycling, and driving at the Burrard–Pacific intersection
- Improve cycling connections between the bridge and existing downtown bike routes
- Rehabilitate the bridge stairways and lighting
Minimal impact to travel times and access
To minimize impacts on motor vehicle traffic, we propose to:
- Widen about 100 m of the north end of Burrard Bridge near the intersection to create space for dedicated turn lanes
- Add dual right-turn lanes on Pacific for eastbound traffic turning south onto Burrard
- Add dual right-turn lanes on the Burrard Bridge for northbound traffic turning east onto Pacific
To preserve access, we propose to maintain:
- Access to all businesses, residences, and other destinations
- Most on-street parking (~ 5 spaces lost over a six block area)
To retain tree canopy, we propose to:
- Plant over 60 new trees at the intersection and surrounding blocks, including a treed median on Pacific Street between Howe and Hornby
- Retain most existing trees, including the large Cypress tree at the Burrard-Pacific intersection
Fencing and heritage lamp posts
To enhance public safety, we will install a means-prevention fence.
The fence will have a simple picket design with vertical details and heritage-style lamp posts.
We designed the fence in consultation with:
- Vancouver Heritage Commission
- The Heritage Foundation
- Heritage Vancouver Society
- Active Transportation Policy Council
- Urban Design Panel
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- BC Crisis Centre
- Vancouver Police Department
- Film and television industry
We chose this method of means prevention because it:
- Respects the heritage elements of the bridge
- Maximizes views
- Costs less to build and maintain
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:
- Improve safety, eliminating transportation-related fatalities
- Increase green transportation so that at least two-thirds of all trips on foot, bike, or transit by 2040
- Make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
- 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