The City of Vancouver announced that starting in February, the City will begin work to upgrade the Granville Bridge to create a safer, more accessible crossing for walking, rolling and cycling.

The work is part of the Granville Connector project, which includes converting two west-side travel lanes on the bridge to separated walking, rolling, and cycling routes, similar to the protected lanes on the Burrard Bridge.

Additional improvements include the installation of new traffic signals, wayfinding signage and the creation of an all-ages-and-abilities pedestrian and bicycle connection to the Arbutus Greenway at the south end of the bridge.

“Making these much-needed safety and accessibility improvements to Granville Bridge will mean the bridge can truly serve as a vital connection for all modes of travel between the growing commercial and job centres of the Broadway corridor and the downtown core,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim.

The City will also be removing the loops that connect to Pacific Street at the north end of the bridge and replacing them with a new street network. The loops were originally designed for a high-volume freeway that was never built. The new street network will create opportunities for housing and local services on the City-owned land currently occupied by the loops.

The first phase of the work starts on the north end of the bridge with anticipated completion of the project by fall 2024.

Built in 1954, Granville Bridge was originally designed for freeways that were never built, which tends to promote high vehicle speeds. Its current form is not accessible and presents a number of challenges for people who want to walk, bike or roll across the bridge.

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In September 2020, Council endorsed the long-term design concept for the Granville Connector and directed staff to proceed with the interim Granville Connector construction.

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