The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are elevated roadways that are vestiges of vast freeway plan through Vancouver that was blocked decades ago.

Vancouver eyes teardown of viaducts into downtown (with video)

Up to two years of detailed study expected before demolition decision, new traffic configuration

The City of Vancouver is taking another step towards eventually demolishing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

Vancouver council is expected to approve a recommendation to begin up to two years of detailed study on the removal of the elevated roadways as well as planning for the city’s eastern core.

“In every city’s evolution there are rare opportunities to take bold city-building steps to advance the city’s goals and liveability or correct a past planning wrong,” a staff report says.

The idea could complicate the drive in and out of downtown Vancouver for the 35,000 motorists who use the viaducts each day.

The staff report says it must be demonstrated how a new post-viaduct street system will adequately connect downtown and provide enough vehicle capacity for goods movement.

Tearing down the viaducts would cost up to $132 million but could give Vancouver more waterfront parkland and additional land to build affordable and subsidized housing, the report said.

“The viaducts’ removal also eliminates a physical and psychological barrier and erases an urban scar from a rapidly urbanizing part of the city.”

Several Chinatown groups have endorsed the teardown plan.


The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are elevated roadways that are underused vestiges of a vast freeway plan through Vancouver that was blocked decades ago. image.






Just Posted

Surrey firefighters not among 267 being sent to battle Alberta wildfires

‘We haven’t been called upon to be deployed,’ Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis told the Now-Leader on Tuesday

Surrey man charged with impersonating cop in Newton

Harmit Johal, 42, is charged with one count of impersonating a peace officer and two counts of fraud

Man pleads guilty to Surrey crash that killed two Abbotsford women

Sarah Dhillon and Paige Nagata died following head-on collision on Nov. 4, 2018

Mother of accused charged in connection to Surrey teen’s murder

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Bhavkiran Dhesi

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Fraser Valley chef sentenced to seven years for million-dollar drug operation

Raymon Ranu has been working as a cook since he was arrested for selling fentanyl and cocaine

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

Most Read