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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

Location

  • Burrard Street and Pacific Street intersection
  • Burrard Bridge

Maps

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

Status

  • Under construction

How this project may affect you

Traffic

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 continue on west side of Burrard Street. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. City crews are expected to finish road works on the west side of Burrard St between Pacific St and Burnaby St in mid- February. After completion of the west side of Burrard St, city crews will move to the east side and will focus work between Pacific St and Drake St until May.

Pacific, Thurlow to Burrard: COMPLETE

Burrard Bridge 

Reconstruction of the existing stairs on the northwest corner of the bridge are nearing completion.  We anticipate that stairs will re-open at the end of February. Pedestrians are temporarily detoured via Hornby St or Thurlow St as an alternate access.

The west side construction on the new sidewalk, southbound bike path, concrete railings, street lighting and means prevention fencing is nearing completion. The anticipated completion is end of February.

The east side construction will begin near the end of February with a focus on the south half of the bridge.

Traffic lanes are still reduced from five vehicle lanes to three vehicle lanes.  Walking and cycling access is maintained over the bridge.

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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Find and contact us

City contact

Do Nguyen
Community Liaison
Phone: 604-673-8458

burrardstreet@vancouver.ca

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.