Granville Street Bridge

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Granville Street Bridge
Granville Street Bridge 2018.jpg
The modern Granville Street Bridge
Coordinates49°16′21″N 123°07′59″W / 49.272551°N 123.133049°W / 49.272551; -123.133049Coordinates: 49°16′21″N 123°07′59″W / 49.272551°N 123.133049°W / 49.272551; -123.133049
CarriesEight lanes of British Columbia Highway 99, Granville Street, pedestrians, and bicycles
CrossesFalse Creek
Maintained byCity of Vancouver
Preceded byGranville Street Bridge (second)
DesignCantilever/truss bridge
Total length1,171 m
Clearance below27.4 m
OpenedFebruary 4, 1954
Daily traffic65,000

The Granville Street Bridge is an eight lane bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. It spans False Creek and is 27.4 metres above Granville Island. It is part of Highway 99.


First bridge 1889[edit]

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[edit]

The second bridge was completed in 1909. It was a longer, medium-level steel bridge with a through truss swing span.

Third bridge 1954[edit]

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.

Recent improvements to the bridge include increasing its earthquake resistance, and installing higher curbs and median barriers.


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.[1]

Since late 2018, the Granville Street bridge has being undergoing seismic retrofitting that will be completed in early 2021.[2]

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.[3] The plan was opened up for public comment in April 2019.[4]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Vancouver City Council approves $18-million plan to demolish Granville Loops | Urbanized". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  2. ^ "Granville Street Bridge undergoing $34-million seismic upgrade | Urbanized". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  3. ^ "City Council approves next steps for Granville Bridge bike and walking path | Urbanized". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  4. ^ "Public consultation launched for Granville Bridge's new bike and walking path | Urbanized". Retrieved 2019-08-25.

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