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 Bridge and Pacific Street intersection

Expected duration

Start: March/April 2016
End: early 2018 - complete

Hours of work

Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Weekends as needed

Contact the project team

Community Liaison
Do Nguyen



Burrard and Pacific St intersection detail map


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Burrard and Pacific St intersection project map

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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.

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 

To ensure safety and keep the bridge in good condition, we plan to replace:

  • Concrete handrails
  • Sidewalks
  • 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.

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 

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 

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 

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.

Rendering of the means prevention fence along the pedestrian walkway facing west to English Bay

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

Rendering of the means prevention fence along the pedestrian walkway facing south

 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

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.