Rehabilitation work on the Lynn Creek Bridge is complete, extending the service life of the bridge by at least 30 years.
Renewal work included a new concrete deck, bridge impact protection, bearing replacement and a fresh paint recoat with the iconic “Lions Gate green” colour. The paint will help preserve the steel truss bridge and hide discolouration to keep it looking vibrant.
“People who live or work in North Vancouver have long been frustrated with their commutes,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of State for Infrastructure. “These upgrades to the Lynn Creek Bridge are an important complement to the Lower Lynn Improvements Project and will help improve safety and reliability for people travelling to and from the North Shore, especially during peak times.”
With improvements to the Lynn Creek Bridge complete, four lanes of Highway 1 traffic shifted back onto the structure starting Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.
This traffic shift allows crews working on the Lower Lynn Improvements Project to complete the Seymour Parkway westbound on-ramp’s final highway merge location and the tie-in for the third westbound lane under the Mountain Highway Underpass. Drivers are reminded that construction of the adjoining ramps and connections to Highway 1 will be ongoing for the next several weeks as the project team works toward final project completion, expected this fall.
“It’s a good day for North Shore commuters with the opening of the reconditioned Lynn Creek Bridge,” said Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour. “The traffic shift will provide better traffic flow and shorten time spent in traffic for people living and working in the area, which is always a welcome relief.”
The Lower Lynn Improvements Project will improve travel experiences for people and provide better links between municipalities. New merge lanes offer safety improvements reducing the risk of crashes in the area by one-third and increasing travel-time reliability for commuters along the highway. The project also benefits North Shore residents by helping separate regional traffic from local traffic.
The project will also improve safety for people travelling by bike, on foot or other mobility device with new bike paths, sidewalks, trails and multi-use pathways. This supports the government’s commitment to ensure new bridges and interchanges are designed to make walking, cycling and transit safe and convenient for everyone, as outlined in Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy.
The Province provided the $6.7-million rehabilitation cost of the Lynn Creek Bridge, which is about one-third the cost of replacing the structure.
Funding for all four phases of the Lower Lynn Improvements Project is being provided by the Province ($76.7 million), Government of Canada ($55 million), District of North Vancouver ($57 million) and third parties ($9.2 million), for a total investment of $198 million.
Featured image: Lynn Creek Bridge (BC Government)