Notice of Closure – The Welch Street Bridge at Park Royal (crossing the Capilano River) will be closed to vehicles May through August, 2022.
West Vancouver, BC – April 28, 2022 – Following the opening the new pedestrian and cyclist pathway in fall 2021, the Welch Street Bridge is now closing in order to complete repair work on the vehicular portion of the bridge deck. This work will commence Friday, May 6. The reopening of the bridge to vehicle traffic is anticipated for August 31, 2022. The Spirit Trail connection will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.
Park Royal, in partnership with the Squamish Nation, District of West Vancouver and TransLink, was delighted to complete and open the new shared pedestrian and cycling pathway with enhanced connectivity to the Spirit Trail. While these improvements are now complete, remedial repairs and maintenance to the bridge deck are still required and necessary. For traffic and worker safety reasons and to minimize the duration of repairs the bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic in both directions from May through August 2022. Drivers will need to plan alternate routes during this period of closure.
Specifically, for those commuting from North Vancouver west bound to West Vancouver via 1st Street and Welch Street Bridge, it is encouraged to use Pemberton Avenue north bound to Marine Drive as an alternative route.
It is important to note that this closure does not impact the new shared pathway across the bridge, which will remain open to pedestrian and cyclists.
Park Royal is working closely with the Squamish Nation, District of West Vancouver and MoTI on a traffic management plan to mitigate potential congestion. Details about traffic management and construction updates will be regularly provided on the Park Royal and other jurisdictional websites.
The bridge was constructed in and around 1976 by Park Royal and requires these repairs to ensure it continues to serve the community. As a private amenity, all repairs are being done and paid for by Park Royal.
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Karen Donald, General Manager