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Granville Bridge re-design would halve number of car lanes for central greenway

By Roshini Nair for CBC News

City staff are recommending the city start public consultations on the downtown bridge’s re-design

Plans for a new greener, more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly Granville Bridge are closer to fruition as a report on its purported redesign will be presented to Vancouver city council within a week.

The report, which calls for council to start public engagement on the redesign, describes current plans to redesign the eight-lane bridge which spans False Creek.

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The redesign, which includes seismic upgrades on the bridge, is part of the city’s overall Transportation 2040 plan, which is its long-range transportation plan. The plan calls for two-thirds of all trips in the city to be made by walking, cycling, and transit by 2040.

All three False Creek bridges were slated for improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. The Burrard Bridge was improved in 2017, and the Cambie Street had improvements in 2018.

The Granville Bridge is the last of three bridges to be addressed, and $25 million has been earmarked for the project.


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