VANCOUVER - Vancouver's iconic Burrard Bridge has completed an almost two year rehabilitation program.
The reopening of the bridge to all modes of traffic was noted by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in a ceremony Oct. 21.
"The Burrard Bridge is not only a busy arterial for residents to get across the city, but also an iconic landmark and important piece of Vancouver's history," Robertson said. "I'm pleased to see that the final rehabilitation and safety improvements respect the Burrard Bridge's heritage, add to its value and make it safer and easier for all users to get around."
The Burrard and Pacific Street intersection has undergone safety and reliability enhancements, and the north end of the bridge has been widened. Other improvements include separated driving and cycling lanes, restored walking access on the east side of the bridge, new sidewalks and restored pedestrian lamp posts and concrete handrails.
Prevention fencing and crisis phones have also been installed.
The Burrard Street Corridor Project is made up of three sections, the Burrard Bridge and Burrard and Pacific intersection, Burrard St. from Davie to Pacific St and Burrard from Cornwall to 17th Ave.
According to the City of Vancouver the The initial Council-approved budget for the Burrard Bridge and Pacific Street intersection improvements were $35 million, later revised to $35.73 million, and the final cost is anticipated to fall within the revised budget.
"The rehabilitation of the Burrard Bridge has been an extremely complicated project that has taken many years, but the project has yielded spectacular results. Deteriorated elements such as the concrete handrails have been faithfully restored, and the lost pedestrian lighting faithfully reproduced," said heritage consultant Donald Luxton.
Restoration work began in 2014, before the full rehabilitation of the bridge, when it underwent safety and structural repairs with the replacement of 27 bearings and 19 expansion joints. The upgrades were approved by Vancouver City Council on July 22, 2015 after public consultation. Construction began in spring 2016 with funding from the Translink Major Road Network program, the ICBC Road Improvement program and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund.