The City of Vancouver wants to nix another vehicle lane on the Burrard Bridge in a bid to make the crossing safer for pedestrians.
Staff want to turn the far-right lane into a pedestrian walkway, as part of a $30-million repair project.
The intersection at the north end would also be widened and get a new traffic light, and the city-owned building at Burrard and Pacific would be demolished.
“This intersection has been on our radar for quite some time, mainly because it’s a high-collision location,” says acting director of transportation Lon Laclaire. “At this point, it’s the second-highest collision location in the City of Vancouver.”
Six years ago, the formerly six-lane bridge went down to five lanes to facilitate a bike lane. And last year, city crews made major safety improvements to the south-end intersection.
Construction is set to begin early next year. Public consultation sessions will be held for the next month.
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