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Council approves Burrard Bridge upgrades and Pacific-Burrard intersection redesign

July 23 2015

View of Burrard Bridge looking east toward False Creek and Granville Bridge at sunrise

Council approved proposed changes to the Burrard Street Bridge and a redesign of the Pacific-Burrard intersection at the July 22 meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation, and Environment.

The proposed project includes alterations made as a result of public consultation.

Staff will now begin final design of the project with input from the heritage sector and other stakeholder groups in August. Construction work will begin early 2016.

Doing repairs creates an opportunity to improve safety and connections

The Burrard Bridge requires major structural rehabilitation, including:

  • Concrete handrail replacement
  • Roadway lighting electrical replacement
  • Sidewalk overlay
  • Concrete repairs (soffits)
  • Access improvements for marine spans
  • East side duct bank repairs

In addition to this rehabilitation, the proposed design includes returning pedestrian access to the east side of the bridge and modifications to address safety issues at the Burrard and Pacific intersection.

Over the last five years, the intersection at Burrard and Pacific has the second highest number of collisions in the city with an average of 140 collisions per year between vehicles.

The proposed improvements will increase safety at the intersection for all road users, and enhance safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians travelling across the Burrard Street Bridge.

Learn more about the project