A message from the City of Vancouver, February 2023:
We are pleased to share that the City will begin work this month to upgrade the Granville Bridge to create a safer, more accessible crossing for walking, rolling and cycling.
The work is part of the first phase 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.
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. We will be sharing updates as construction progresses.
Two lanes of traffic will be retained in both directions on Granville Bridge throughout construction.
As work progresses, some lane and street closures will be in effect to facilitate construction. For up to six months, the portion of Granville Street between the Howe and Seymour Street ramps and Drake Street will be temporarily closed. During this time, pedestrians, vehicles and transit will be detoured to the Howe Street and Seymour Street ramps.
Sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and the Howe and Seymour ramps will remain open as much as possible throughout construction.
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.
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.