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Seismic work begins on Cambie St. Bridge

DCN-JOC News Services
Seismic work begins on Cambie St. Bridge
CITY OF VANCOUVER - Work has begun on seismic upgrades to Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Crews have begun work on structural repairs for Vancouver’s iconic Cambie Street Bridge.

City officials explained that the repairs as part of a complete seismic retrofit and upgrade, along with lighting upgrades, to the bridge.

The city asked drivers, transit users, cyclists, and pedestrians to plan ahead, use alternate routes and to expect delays between August and December.

Work will begin with the installation of new lighting along the bridge. This work will require small areas of the bridge to be intermittently closed as crews replace each lamp.

The main bridge deck work will start in early September and will require closing the sidewalk and cycle lane on one side. Walking and cycling access will remain in place on the non-working side of the bridge. During this early stage of work, drivers will continue to have two travel lanes in each direction. 

The bridge was constructed in 1985 before modern earthquake requirements were introduced into the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. 

“As such, we are planning a complete seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of the bridge to ensure it continues to offer a safe means of transportation for the public,” said officials in a press release.

The city noted that similar work has been underway on the Granville Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The Cambie Street Bridge deck work is scheduled to be completed in December, and the work under the bridge is scheduled to be completed by end of spring 2022.

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