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.

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Rehabilitation work on the Lions Gate began last weekend. | Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Release:


November 15, 2019

Strong support for improving safety through Cathedral Grove

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is moving forward with detailed engineering on solutions to improve safety and capacity for visitors at Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, while protecting the environmental, social and cultural values associated with the park.
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October 17, 2019

Nanaimo Correctional Centre Business-To-Business Networking Session

The Province is pleased to invite local contractors, and business and service providers to a Business-to-Business Networking Session: an opportunity to meet with representatives of each of three proponent teams to promote their companies and services in support of the design and construction of the new NCC.
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October 02, 2019

Colwood wins UBCM Award of Excellence in Asset Management

On September 24, 2019, Colwood Council was presented with the Community Excellence Award for Excellence in Asset Management at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in recognition of the Colwood Sustainable Infrastructure Replacement Plan.
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