The Granville Bridge Connector project involves replacing two traffic lanes with improved provision for cyclists and pedestrians in order to give people more travel options that don’t contribute to congestion or pollution.
Almost 8,000 survey responses were received from the public and city staff are now recommending the ‘West Side Plus’ design option for the Granville Bridge Connector.
“West Side Plus was by far the most popular option with the public during two previous rounds of engagement,” said Paul Storer, manager of transportation design. “People also shared ideas, many of which we’ve been able to incorporate, for improving the design to ensure it offers the best possible experience for users.”
The proposed design for the West Side Plus option includes wide, accessible footpaths on both sides of the main span of the bridge, and a two-way bike lane on the west side. It also includes safety improvements at ramp crossings, and improvements at each end of the bridge to link the Connector to the rest of the area’s walking and cycling network. The design leaves the bridge with enough capacity to accommodate transit vehicles and motorists.
The cost of the proposed scheme has been put at between about US$23 million and US$31 million. It is expected to be delivered in phases and through partnerships. The city’s current capital budget includes US$19 million for the Granville Bridge Connector. This spring, staff will present the council with a conceptual, phased budget for the project that will include the first phase of work, which falls within the 2019-2022 capital budget.