Welch Street Bridge Improvements

Notice of Closure.

The Welch Street Bridge at Park Royal (crossing the Capilano River) will be closed to vehicles May through August, 2022.

Following the opening the new pedestrian and cyclist pathway in fall 2021, the Welch Street Bridge is now closing to complete repair work on the vehicular portion of the bridge deck. This work will commence Friday, May 6th and anticipate work to be finished at the end of August. 

The Spirit Trail connection will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

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 provided here.

The construction team continues to work hard to ensure public safety and environmental controls are part of their day-to-day operations.  Everyone’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Completed Improvements.

In fall of 2021, 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.

The bridge was constructed in and around 1976 and through the course of time has undergone periodic maintenance and repairs but now requires more substantial intervention to ensure ongoing service. The bridge deck rehabilitation addresses delamination, failed expansion joints and provides structural integrity and surface continuity on the driving surface

A project of this size and scope has intermittent impacts on bridge traffic and active users. Thank you for your patience through the course of construction and completion of improved safety, connectivity and repairs.

FAQs

When is the work scheduled?
The bridge repairs and closure to vehicles is scheduled to begin Friday, May 6 and pending any unforeseen delays should be substantially completed by August, 31, 2022. The new shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway is complete and open.

Who owns the bridge?
The bridge was constructed by Park Royal and is not public infrastructure. It was built in the mid-1970s to allow improved ingress/egress to Park Royal under a Bridge Permit Agreement with the Squamish Nation. Over the years it has not only serviced Park Royal but has provided a public connection across the Capilano River and an alternative to Marine Drive.

What impacts with the work have on traffic?
The bridge will be completely closed to all vehicle traffic May 6 until August 31, 2022. Please plan an alternative route.

Will pedestrians and cyclists be able to use the bridge during construction activity and bridge closure?
Spirit Trail access for pedestrians and cyclists will be open for the duration of the repairs.

Will access to the Capilano River for fishing be restricted?
Access to the river banks will be unrestricted for Squamish Nation Members. 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.

Why was this work not completed at the same time as the new pathway?
While the new pedestrian and cyclist pathway was completed in fall 2021, the remedial bridge deck repairs were not able to be finalized before Christmas 2021 without closing the bridge. This new timing was selected to ensure the best weather to complete the repairs in the shortest time possible.

Are there any environmental impacts?
No work will be done in the Capilano River. All measures to protect the river from any debris will be taken with ongoing third-party environmental monitoring.

Will access to the mobile home park or the RV Park be impacted?
During construction there will be minor impacts on movements to and from these areas.

Who is paying for this?
This last phase of the project is being paid for by Park Royal.

We thank you for your patience while this work is being undertaken.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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