Iron Workers Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge

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In 1992, the Cassiar Connector was constructed and the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge was modestly refurbished (lighting changed, median installed and barriers/railings installed between the traffic and the sidewalks, narrowing the sidewalks but making it less heart-stoppingly perilous to ride in a stiff crosswind). At the time, cycling advocates asked for wider sidewalks and better access to the bridge. The result was somewhat better access on the north side of the bridge and the situation we have now on the south side.
 
In 1992, the Cassiar Connector was constructed and the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge was modestly refurbished (lighting changed, median installed and barriers/railings installed between the traffic and the sidewalks, narrowing the sidewalks but making it less heart-stoppingly perilous to ride in a stiff crosswind). At the time, cycling advocates asked for wider sidewalks and better access to the bridge. The result was somewhat better access on the north side of the bridge and the situation we have now on the south side.
  
As part of the consultation for the Gateway Program (introduced in 2006), advocates asked the province to upgrade cycling and pedestrian access on the south side by, among other things, providing a connection between the east and west sidewalks.  This could be either under the bridge (as at the south end of Lion’s Gate) or over the highway, connecting to the elevated sidewalk/bike path on the east side and therefore needing a ramp structure only on the west side.  This request was deemed “beyond the scope of the project”, which apparently ends just short of the bridge head.
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As part of the consultation for the Gateway Program (introduced in 2006), advocates asked the province to upgrade cycling and pedestrian access on the south side by, among other things, providing a connection between the east and west sidewalks.  This could be either under the bridge (as at the south end of Lion’s Gate) or over the highway, connecting to the elevated sidewalk/bike path on the east side and therefore needing a ramp structure only on the west side.  This request was deemed “beyond the scope of the project”, which ended just short of the bridge head.
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In 2015, the sidewalks on the bridge were widened and higher fencing installed, along with minor adjustments to the Dollarton off-ramp crossing at the northeast end. Although the sidewalks were widened to 2.5 m from 1.2 m, the resulting clear width does not meet guidelines for bi-directional use. Pedestrians may use either sidewalk, however, cyclists are required to use the east sidewalk to travel northbound and the west sidewalk to travel southbound. Some signage has been installed to deter wrong way movements, however, there is some remaining "yield to oncoming cyclists" signage remaining and additional positive guidance required on both approaches.
  
 
=== Action ===
 
=== Action ===

Revision as of 11:02, 7 August 2019

North End
South End
Existing sidewalk is cantilevered off main structure
Middle Span - Train Lift Bridge in Distance
Middle Span - Temporary Maintenance deck - hung underneath the bridge deck

Background

In 1992, the Cassiar Connector was constructed and the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge was modestly refurbished (lighting changed, median installed and barriers/railings installed between the traffic and the sidewalks, narrowing the sidewalks but making it less heart-stoppingly perilous to ride in a stiff crosswind). At the time, cycling advocates asked for wider sidewalks and better access to the bridge. The result was somewhat better access on the north side of the bridge and the situation we have now on the south side.

As part of the consultation for the Gateway Program (introduced in 2006), advocates asked the province to upgrade cycling and pedestrian access on the south side by, among other things, providing a connection between the east and west sidewalks. This could be either under the bridge (as at the south end of Lion’s Gate) or over the highway, connecting to the elevated sidewalk/bike path on the east side and therefore needing a ramp structure only on the west side. This request was deemed “beyond the scope of the project”, which ended just short of the bridge head.

In 2015, the sidewalks on the bridge were widened and higher fencing installed, along with minor adjustments to the Dollarton off-ramp crossing at the northeast end. Although the sidewalks were widened to 2.5 m from 1.2 m, the resulting clear width does not meet guidelines for bi-directional use. Pedestrians may use either sidewalk, however, cyclists are required to use the east sidewalk to travel northbound and the west sidewalk to travel southbound. Some signage has been installed to deter wrong way movements, however, there is some remaining "yield to oncoming cyclists" signage remaining and additional positive guidance required on both approaches.

Action

On October 25 2010 a joint committee was formed between the North Shore, Vancouver and Burnaby committees to formulate a plan for moving forward. All VACC (now HUB) members were welcome to attend the monthly meetings.

  • MEETING MINUTES

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes Oct 25 2010.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes Nov 22 2010.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes Jan 24 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes Feb 28 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes Mar 28 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes 09 May 2011.pdf

Media:IWMB minutes May 30 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes 27 June 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes 08 Aug 2011.pdf

Media:Second Narrows Bridge Minutes Oct 3 2011.pdf

Media:2nd Narrows Bridge Minutes 07 Nov 2011.pdf

Pedestrian handrail
Concrete support post at entry point
Concrete support posts
Expansion gap cover

Old Bridge Sidewalks

Photos at the bottom right show the old bridge sidewalks prior to the sidewalk widening project that was completed in 2015.

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