The Welch Street Bridge, which crosses the Capilano River connecting Park Royal to Welch Street, will undergo rehabilitation work and widening to address maintenance requirements, to make the crossing safer, and to be more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
Phase 1 improvements will commence July 2019 and run through to the end of November. Phase 2 improvements will commence January 2020 and be completed in the spring.
Throughout the first phase, alternating single-lane traffic across the bridge will be in place 24/7. Alternating traffic will be controlled by signalization and will result in traffic delays. We are asking the community to be patient and to observe the signal lights for the safety of all.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained via a temporary pedestrian/cycling pathway. Pedestrian access might be impacted late in the project, but cycling will be available on the bridge deck as part of the traffic lanes.
The bridge will be widened to accommodate a 3.5m-wide shared pathway on the south side for pedestrians and cyclists. The wider pathway creates a much safer crossing and will be lit to provide more visibility in darker hours.
The southern approach to the eastbound bridge lane will be modified for vehicles, providing a dedicated right-turn lane from Park Royal South. This improvement will ease congestion and vehicle queues at the existing 4-way stop.
At the east end of the bridge, adjacent to the mobile home residences on Hiawatha Drive, some trees will be removed to accommodate the new shared pathway and a new staircase to the riverbank for Squamish Nation membership fishing access.
The existing diagonal pedestrian crossing to/from Capilano River RV Park will be removed, including the wooden staircase on the north side of the road, and replaced with a new shared pathway crossing at the intersection of Tomahawk Avenue, Bridge Road and Kwumkwum Road. The new shared crossing will be safer, fully accessible, and provides a direct link to the Spirit Trail for pedestrians and cyclists.
The improvements provide an important link to the Spirit Trail by completing a seamless route through North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation, Park Royal, and West Vancouver. The improvements, funded by Park Royal and the District of West Vancouver, are made possible through a partnership between the Squamish Nation, the District of West Vancouver, and Park Royal.
If you have any questions or comments about this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs for Squamish Nation Members
Will access to the Capilano River for fishing be restricted?
Access to the river banks will be unrestricted. On a few occasions, access from the north side of the bridge from the RV Park will be restricted for a few hours per day during the removal of heavy pieces of concrete. Access from the south via the Mobile Home Park will be unaffected and fully accessible. The stairs leading down to the bridge on the south side will be non-accessible for two months while new stairs are being put in.
Will fishing from the south side of the bridge deck be maintained?
Once the temporary path goes in, fishing from the bridge will be impossible. After the improvements are done a new railing height of approximately 4.5 feet will be installed, fishing will still be possible in this area but the fence will be about 1 foot higher than what exists today.
Who is paying for this and how much is it going to cost?
The project is being paid for by Park Royal and a portion of the funding ($700,000) coming from the District of West Vancouver. Total cost for the project in in the order of $2.4 million.
How does this benefit the Squamish Nation Membership?
A safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists is the key objective. For those choosing to walk, have strollers or require wheel chairs, scooters or other forms of assistance to move across the bridge, they will have a much better experience than the existing narrow sidewalk with no separation from vehicle traffic.
The bridge construction will provide employment and business opportunities for Squamish Nation members.
The bridge presents cultural opportunities including naming and public art possibilities.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Come to an open house on TUESDAY, JULY 16, from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm at the Clubhouse in the Capilano Mobile Home Park. (Enter off Welch Street.)