The City of Vancouver has started important structural repairs as part of a complete seismic retrofit and upgrade, along with lighting upgrades, to the Cambie Street Bridge. The city is asking drivers, transit users, cyclists, and pedestrians to plan ahead, use alternate routes and to expect delays between August and December 2021.

Work will begin with the installation of new lighting along the bridge. This work will require small areas of the bridge to be intermittently closed as crews replace each lamp.

The main bridge deck work will start in early September and will require closing the sidewalk and cycle lane on one side. Walking and cycling access will remain in place on the non-working side of the bridge. During this early stage of work, drivers will continue to have two travel lanes in each direction.

Upcoming work includes:

  • Lighting upgrades
  • Bridge deck repairs (September to December 2021)
  • South pedestrian staircase repairs
  • Seismic upgrades under the south side of the bridge (August to spring 2022)

Built in 1985, the Cambie Street Bridge was constructed before the introduction of more stringent and comprehensive earthquake requirements in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.

As such, Vancouver is planning a complete seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of the bridge to ensure it continues to offer a safe means of transportation for the public. Similar work has been underway on the Granville Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The Cambie Street Bridge deck work is scheduled to be completed in December 2021, and the work under the bridge is scheduled to be completed by end of spring 2022.

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