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City of Vancouver outlines viaduct demolition plan

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems movie studios still have a few years to use Vancouver’s viaducts as a set background and drivers can still use the flyover-like overpass for a while.

We’re getting a better idea of where the City is with plans to remove spans over Georgia and Dunsmuir.

“We’ve done a full seismic assessment now of the viaducts and do not recommend maintaining them,” explains City Engineer Jerry Dobrovolny. “They will need to come down regardless now because of the seismic condition of the structures.”

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The idea is expected to come back to council next year, but Dobrovolny says it could be a couple of years.

“We’ll come back early in the New Year to council to get direction, and work can start within a year or so after that.”

Dobrovolny adds as many as 12,000 people are expected to call the area home over the next 20 years, while another 8,000 will be working there.

Removal of the viaducts is part of a master plan by the City to remodel a portion of False Creek. The Northeast False Creek project includes plans for an 11-acre park, among other features.

Northeast False Creek project (Courtesy City of Vancouver)