Granville Street Bridge
Granville Street Bridge
The modern Granville Street Bridge
|Carries||Eight lanes of British Columbia Highway 99, Granville Street, pedestrians, and bicycles|
|Maintained by||City of Vancouver|
|Preceded by||Granville Street Bridge (second)|
|Total length||1,171 m|
|Clearance below||27.4 m|
|Opened||February 4, 1954|
First bridge 1889
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.
Second bridge 1909
The second bridge was completed in 1909. It was a longer, medium-level steel bridge with a through truss swing span.
Third bridge 1954
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.
In December 2017, Vancouver City Council approved a plan to remove the "Granville Loops" - a pair of cloverleaf off-ramps connecting the bridge with Pacific Street - and open up the land to redevelopment.
Since late 2018, the Granville Street bridge has being undergoing seismic retrofitting that will be completed in early 2021.
In January 2019, Vancouver City Council announced a plan to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to the bridge from the surrounding neighbourhoods by creating a new separated bike and walking path located in the centre of the bridge roadway. The plan was opened up for public comment in April 2019.
The Granville Street Bridge from the Burrard Street Bridge.
- History of Metropolitan Vancouver
- Bridges of Greater Vancouver
- Granville Street Bridge at Structurae
- "Vancouver City Council approves $18-million plan to demolish Granville Loops | Urbanized". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
- "Granville Street Bridge undergoing $34-million seismic upgrade | Urbanized". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
- "City Council approves next steps for Granville Bridge bike and walking path | Urbanized". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
- "Public consultation launched for Granville Bridge's new bike and walking path | Urbanized". dailyhive.com. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
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