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Seismic retrofit and repairs begin on Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge


August 27, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Structural repairs are underway on Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge, which will undergo a complete seismic retrofit and upgrade.

The project includes bridge deck rehabilitation, deck joint seal and concrete repairs, repairs to the south pedestrian staircase, and seismic upgrades under the south side of the bridge.

The City of Vancouver reports that deck work began Aug. 25 and will last through December 2021. Work under the bridge is expected to wrap up by end of spring 2022.

Initially, new lighting will be installed along the bridge, resulting in intermittent closures. The main bridge deck work starts in early September and will require closing the sidewalk and cycle lane on one side. During the early stage of work, drivers will continue to use two travel lanes in each direction.

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Built in 1985, the Cambie Street Bridge was constructed before the introduction of more stringent and comprehensive earthquake requirements in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.

Similar work has been underway on the city’s Granville Bridge. That $34-million project is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.