Construction underneath the Granville Bridge

Granville Bridge structural and seismic upgrades

We’re carrying out critical structural and seismic upgrades to Granville Bridge to ensure this infrastructure continues to serve us well.

These upgrades include:

  • Repairing the concrete and steel
  • Replacing the expansion joints and bearings

What's happening

Structural repairs and seismic upgrades underway

Lane closures include:

  • The south approach of the bridge is restricted to one lane in each direction
  • Additional lanes are available through the Fir St and 4th Ave ramps in the south direction and the Hemlock St ramp in the north direction
  • Upon completion, all lanes on the south approach will be re-opened (two lanes in each direction)
  • One lane is being maintained on the Howe and Seymour ramps

The work is anticipated to be complete in the next few weeks. 

As the work progresses north, lane closures will shift to include either the center lanes or curb side lanes on the main span of the bridge. Generally, two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout the project.

Bird netting installed

The Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax Pelagicus) is protected in BC per Section 34 of the Provincial Wildlife Act, which prohibits the possession, taking, injury, molestation, or destruction of a bird or its eggs, or a nest that is occupied by a bird or its egg (Government of BC, 1996).

The project construction activities require access to the steel truss sub-structure of the bridge which may generate noise and visual disturbance above and below the bridge deck. This may disturb the colony of Pelagic Cormorants nesting in the substructure of the bridge. We have installed bird netting underneath a portion of the main span of the Granville Bridge to prevent the disturbance of Pelagic Cormorants during construction to comply with regulatory requirements.

The work started in November 2019 on the approaches of the main span and is anticipated to continue until February 2021. The net will remain in-place until the current structural and seismic upgrades, as well as the construction of the Granville Connector, are substantially complete. 

Did you know?

Previous repairs to the bridge include:

  • 1997: seismic retrofit of the north and south piers
  • 2009-2010: installation of over 3,000 steel stirrups to the concrete ramps
  • 2012: repairs to pier M7 at the north end
  • 2013: replacement of the steel truss span bearings
  • 2016: repairs to the gantry system

Project details


Granville Bridge, Drake St to Granville Loop Park


Fall 2018 - 2021

Work hours

Monday to Friday: 7am to 5pm, extended hours as needed

Weekends: as needed

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Emma Mendoza
Community Liaison

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