Project of the Month: Lions Gate Bridge From 1938 to 2019

The Lions Gate Bridge (aka First Narrows Bridge) brought Vancouver into the automobile age and heralded the era of auto-dependent suburbs when it opened in 1938. Guinness was the primary financier, intent on providing access to its British Properties development in West Van. Bisecting Stanley Park for the bridge’s causeway was the most controversial issue, but the proponents’ promise of jobs was too good to turn down, as the city was mired in the Great Depression. 

Bridge entrepreneur A. J. T. Taylor aimed to take advantage of cheap Depression-era labour. Still, the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge provided a welcome employment opportunity for a city wracked by labour riots and saddened by unemployed homeless. The maximum number of men on the construction payroll was 334, in October of 1937. 

1890s: First considered
1920s: Plans began to take shape
December 1933: Approval via city-wide vote
March 31, 1937: Groundbreaking

Upon completion in November 1938, the Lions Gate Bridge was recognized as the longest suspension bridge in the British Empire and one of the biggest construction projects undertaken in Canada during the 1930s.

Read more about its construction/see more photos

Rehabilitation work on the Lions Gate began last weekend. | Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Release: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019TRAN0127-001483

   


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