Granville Street Bridge
|Granville Street Bridge|
The modern Granville Street Bridge, with downtown and the North Shore mountains in the distance.
|Carries||Eight lanes of British Columbia Highway 99, Granville Street, pedestrians, and bicycles|
|Maintained by||City of Vancouver|
|Clearance below||27.4 m|
|Opened||February 4, 1954|
|Preceded by||Granville Street Bridge (second)|
The original bridge was completed in 1889. It was a 732-metre long low timber trestle. The navigation span, near the north end, was a trussed timber swing span, tied with wire ropes to a central wooden tower. It was largely designed by the CPR, and cost $16,000. In 1891 the bridge was widened on both sides for streetcar tracks, except where the tracks converged for the swing span.
The second bridge was completed in 1909. It was a longer, medium-level steel bridge with a through truss swing span.
On February 4, 1954, the current Granville Street Bridge, costing $16.5 million, opened. A million cars would cross over the bridge in its first month. The city of Vancouver funded the bridge itself as Mayor Frederick Hume said "no formal assistance given by any other government body."
The eight-lane structure was constructed on the same alignment as the first bridge while steel plate girders salvaged from the second bridge made barges for constructing the foundations of the Oak Street Bridge.
The first “civilian” to drive over the 1954 bridge was the same woman who was first to drive over the second bridge in 1909. She had been widowed between the two openings, and so had a different name. Both times she was at the wheel of a brand-new Cadillac.
The Granville Street Bridge from the Burrard Street Bridge.
- History of Metropolitan Vancouver
- Bridges of Greater Vancouver
- Granville Street Bridge at Structurae
- Footage of the demolition of the second bridge and construction of the third Granville Street Bridge, 1954, City of Vancouver Archives