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Public feedback helps enhance proposed Burrard Bridge and Pacific St intersection upgrades

July 20 2015

Illustration of proposed upgrades the north end of Burrard Bridge

On July 22, staff will present proposed changes to the Burrard Bridge and a redesign of the Pacific-Burrard intersection to Vancouver City Council.

The proposed changes include alterations made as a result of public consultation.

If approved by Council, construction work will begin early 2016.

Burrard Bridge is the busiest False Creek bridge

The Burrard Bridge is a key connection for people traveling between the west side of Vancouver and Downtown, as well as to North Shore destinations.

It's the most heavily used of the False Creek crossings for active transportation modes with 10,000 walking and cycling trips on a busy summer day.

The bridge is also an important transit route and truck route with 55,000 motor vehicles, 13,000 transit passengers, and 500 trucks on a typical day, despite a 20 per cent reduction in vehicle trips into the downtown over the last 15 years.

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 walking across the Burrard Bridge.

Your feedback helped us fine-tune the proposed design

This June, we consulted with residents and business owners to receive feedback on the proposed design:

  • Two open houses on June 6 and 16, attended by 270 people
  • Meetings with 15 stakeholder groups
  • A public survey that received 1,823 responses, over half with specific comments, the majority of which were constructive and helped us fine-tune the design

We modified the design based on what we heard. The most substantial addition reflects feedback from Vancouver Coastal Health to include fencing and crisis phones to prevent suicide within the proposed work.

We also made, or are in the process of investigating, several other changes to address the public's concern, including:

  1. Providing a new bike box to enhance the safety and comfort of people cycling eastbound through the Burrard-Pacific intersection
  2. Re-evaluating the lane closure between Howe and Hornby, south of Pacific
  3. Ensuring that pedestrian-scale lighting can be easily installed on the bridge
  4. Addressing accessibility concerns on the north bridge approach

View all the changes based on what we heard (PDF, 2 MB)