Road closures, SkyTrain delays expected in Vancouver this weekend

Travelling downtown this weekend? It might be prudent to factor in some extra time to your journey.

Delays possible due to high volume of cruise ships, Burrard Street closure, and SkyTrain track upgrades

Burrard Street — including the Burrard Street Bridge — will be closed Saturday from Davie Street to Fourth Avenue for repaving. (CBC)

It might be prudent to add extra time to your travel plans this weekend as Vancouver is expected to be fairly busy with a high volume of cruise ships arriving, the closure of the Burrard Street for repaving, and delays for SkyTrain upgrades.

There are a number of road closures in effect for the weekend.

The largest is the full closure of Burrard Street from Davie Street to Fourth Avenue (including the Burrard Bridge) for repaving on Saturday from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT. The city recommends drivers use the Granville Bridge and Cambie Bridge as alternate routes.

Viaduct closed Sunday morning

Another closure of note is roadwork on East Broadway from Commercial Drive to Main Street. One lane westbound and two lanes eastbound will remain open, however.

Homer Street will be closed for the Word Vancouver festival from Robson Street to West Georgia Street from Saturday 7 a.m. to Sunday at 11 p.m.

The Georgia Street viaduct and Prior Street will be closed for the Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A list of other ongoing construction projects can be found on the City of Vancouver's roadwork site:

A spokesperson from the city says it anticipates a high volume of cruise ships throughout the weekend which could contribute to higher traffic volumes in the downtown core.

TransLink delays

Transit passengers using the Expo SkyTrain line should factor in an extra 15 to 20 minutes to their trip starting Saturday night. (CBC)

TransLink is also advising passengers of possible delays as it is replacing rail on the Expo Line SkyTrain route.

This weekend, contractors are replacing a curved section near the Main Street–Science World station. Trains will use one track in both directions at Main Street–Science World and Commercial–Broadway stations from 10:30 p.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Expo Line passengers should allow for 15 to 20 minutes of extra travel time.

Jill Drews, a TransLink representative, says the contractor needed the continuous stretch of time to complete the complicated section.

"We have been doing a lot of this work overnight when possible but this job is a little bit different," Drews said.

"We've done our best throughout this project to keep the impacts as low as possible. That's why we've chosen to do this on a weekend."

Once the rails are replaced, Drews says SkyTrain passengers will notice a smoother, quieter ride.

With files from Deb Goble