Upgrades to the Burrard Bridge and Pacific-Burrard intersection have been given the green light from Vancouver City Council.
The project would see structural improvements to the concrete handrails, roadway lighting electrical, sidewalk, as well as concrete repairs.
The work would also see the return of pedestrian access to the east side of the bridge, modifications to address safety issues at the Burrard and Pacific intersection and the addition of suicide prevention rails.
The City claiming the improvements will increase safety at the intersection for all road users, and enhance safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians travelling across the Burrard Street Bridge.
Now that changes to the Burrard Bridge have been approved, the reaction from the community is coming in.
Kyle Tiney with the Crisis Centre of BC says the news couldn’t be better.
“We’re excited that the City of Vancouver is taking this opportunity as renovations are going to be done on the Burrard Street Bridge to take the opportunity to put in some form of suicide barrier for the public.”
Javier Campos with the Heritage Vancouver Society says the group hopes the installation of the bars will be looked at from a heritage point of view.
“We’re not trying to put Heritage against prevention, so that people can’t jump off the bridge. What we’re saying is that we have to do this, and we have to find a way that we can do it that will not detract from the heritage asset that we have in Vancouver.”
In a release, the city says consultations with interest groups will go from now thru August.
Changes to the bridge will start early next year.