Georgia Viaducts study approved for first phase review of six options

Vancouver City Council today unanimously approved a study into future options for the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, with the proviso that the project be phased to ensure good control over cost and scope.

All five speakers at council were in support of the study, for a range of reasons. Ultimately, however, said Strathcona resident and architect Graham Elvidge, the study should be about “people and community,” focussing on the potential for what many considered a “city-building” decision.

Even if council decides ultimately to keep the Viaducts, city staff believe the study will produce valuable new informatoin on traffic patterns and soil contamination. The work will also support ongoing reviews of upcoming developments in Northeast False Creek.

But if council decides it is feasible to go all the way and tear the viaducts down, False Creek resident Michael Alexander believes the city will be better for it, based on his experience in San Francisco.