The City’s Granville Bridge Connector group is active again. It appears that this project is set to go to Council in September. In a previous post, we looked at the topic of the possibility of “prevention means” fencing on the proposed upgrades to the bridge (please see “Are Burrard Bridge fenced views coming to the Granville Bridge soon?” (CityHallWatch, June 29, 2020).
The full Phase 3 “engagement summary” on the Granvill Bridge Connector please visit this page:
Here’s the reply from the City to a recent inquiry about the status of the Granville Street Bridge Connector:
Apologies for delayed response.
Thank you for your continued interest and participation in the Granville Bridge Connector project. We apologize for the delay since our last update as we have been busy adjusting to the on-going pandemic. The update below highlights the results from our third and final round of engagement and outlines next steps.
Phase 3 Engagement Results
Phase 3 public and stakeholder engagement was completed in early 2020:
- Over 700 people participated in Phase 3 open houses and workshops, and approximately 1,700 surveys were received.
- In total, through all phases of engagement, there were over 3,000 attendees at 9 open houses and 11 workshops, and over 9,300 surveys received.
- There was strong support for the recommended West+ design from both stakeholders and the public, with nearly 75% of survey respondents ‘liking’ or ‘really liking’ the design, and less than 20% expressing a negative sentiment.
- There was strong overall support for maintaining views, and creating safe and comfortable paths with places to rest along the way and good separation between people walking, cycling, and driving.
- Lighting upgrades were frequently identified as an important element for safety, personal security, and ambiance, as well as an opportunity for public art.
- Many people were excited about the opportunity to create a unique and special experience, whereas others were concerned about overall costs and more interested in simply establishing functional accessible connections.
- There continues to be considerable excitement over a potential elevator and staircase connection with Granville Island, and a more direct connection between the Connector and the Seawall.
- Those opposed to the project expressed:
- General concerns about City projects that reallocate road space away from motor vehicle traffic
- Concern about potential traffic congestion and/or neighbourhood shortcutting
- A belief that the project is unnecessary, and that safety and accessibility concerns for people using other modes besides driving are overstated
More detail is available in the Phase 3 engagement summary, which is now available online.
Staff are planning to bring recommendations to Council later this year, likely in September. Staff anticipate that the report will include a recommendation to endorse a long-term design concept that reflects feedback from all rounds of engagement, as well as a request for approval to proceed with the first phase of implementation in coordination with related projects.
We will share the Council date when confirmed and publish the report online. Given that, there will be opportunities to speak to Council. We encourage you to stay involved in the project by signing up for the project newsletter on our website at vancouver.ca/granville-connector.
Thank you again for your interest in the project.
Granville Bridge Connector Team