B.C.’s Transportation Minister is calming fears the Lions Gate Bridge could be closed to car traffic in years to come.
Todd Stone says it’s from a bygone era.
The deal had been drafted in 2000 between the province, City of Vancouver and park board to close the bridge to cars in 2030, opening it only for bikes, pedestrians and buses, as long as a third crossing over Burrard Inlet is put in.
Stones says it was during the waning days of the NDP government.
“Obviously, there hasn’t been a new third crossing built and the Lion’s Gate Bridge has and will continue to be a critical piece of Lower Mainland infrastructure for the movement of both people and goods.”
Stone says unequivocally, the agreement will not be acted upon, adding as far as he understands, it’s not even legally binding.