British Columbia

Burrard Bridge upgrade: final plans revealed

The City of Vancouver has nearly finalized its plans for the Burrard Street Bridge based on responses to the preliminary plan it released six weeks ago.

City says it received over 1,800 comments on its preliminary plans for the bridge

An artist rendering shows potential changes to the north end of the Burrard Bridge to be considered by Vancouver City Council. (City of Vancouver)

The City of Vancouver has nearly finalized its plans for the Burrard Street Bridge based on more than 1,800 responses to a survey on the preliminary plans it released six weeks ago.

In June the city unveiled the preliminary plans for a $35 million upgrade of the 83-year-old structure, including several proposals to smooth out how traffic — on foot, bike or in vehicles — gets across it.

A final report is now set to go to city council. 

Based on feedback, additional changes now include:

  • Enhanced cycling safety measures eastbound through Burrard Street and Pacific Avenue.
  • A re-evaluation of the lane closure between Howe and Hornby streets.
  • Improved accessibility on the north bridge approach.

Big changes included in the initial plan remain, such as:

  • Restoring pedestrian access to the east side of the bridge.  
  • Turning one of the northbound vehicles lanes into a bike lane.
  • Widening 100 metres of the 859-metre structure along the northern bridge approach. 

Another change was one suggested by Vancouver Coastal Health: fencing and crisis phones to prevent people from attempting suicide off the bridge.

Staff will present the changes to council next Wednesday. If approved, construction could begin in early 2016 and would take 14 to 18 months to be completed.


  • A previous version of this story mistakenly said the city had received 18,000 responses to the preliminary plan. In fact the city received 1,800 responses.
    Jul 17, 2015 11:59 AM PT


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