Project Update – Pedestrian bridge construction rescheduled to Spring 2018
Metro Vancouver has completed pre-construction activities in preparation for construction of the new pedestrian bridge in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR), located at the site of the former Twin Bridge, across the Seymour River.
This summer Metro Vancouver received contractor bids in preparation for bridge construction scheduled for the fall, however the bids received far exceeded the budgeted estimate which was based on bridge projects of similar scope and design. Metro Vancouver collapsed the tender competition without award and is presently reviewing the specifications and scope of work requirements for planned bridge construction on the North Shore. A more comprehensive multi-bridge tender will be issued in January 2018. Construction is now anticipated to start in Spring 2018.
On December 7, 2014, a significant rockslide occurred in the Seymour River Canyon approximately one kilometre north of Riverside Drive. This rockslide partially blocked the Seymour River and increased the water level upstream, flooding area trails and the Twin Bridge. For safety purposes, a number of trails were closed and the bridge was removed.
Flooding of Twin Bridge 2014
Present day Twin Bridge 2014
Metro Vancouver has been working collaboratively with the District of North Vancouver, consultants, and the community, and will be constructing the Seymour River Canyon Trail Connections Project to re-establish a bridge crossing and improve trail connections in the
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR). The project includes:
- Construction of a new pedestrian bridge near the former Twin Bridge across the Seymour River
- Construction of a new single-lane vehicular bridge for Metro Vancouver operations access at Riverside Drive
- Replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail near the north end of Riverside Drive
- Trail connection improvements to the new infrastructure
Public Open House
Metro Vancouver held two public meetings in 2015 and 2016 to discuss options for building new trail connections, to collect input on the LSCR Trail Strategic Plan and LSCR programs, and to establish a long-range plan for a new pedestrian bridge across Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR).
In June 2017 Metro Vancouver held a public meeting to give the community an opportunity to learn more about the project, see artist’s renderings, learn about the constructions schedule, as well as share comments, and ask questions.
2015 – Trail Connections Pubic Meeting Summary
2016 – LSCR Annual Event 2016
New Pedestrian Bridge Near the Former Twin Bridge
Metro Vancouver recognizes the recreational importance of the former Twin Bridge to the community and to trail users across the region. To ensure that access is restored, we will construct a new pedestrian bridge across the Seymour River to re-establish the east-west connection of Fisherman’s Trail. The new bridge will be:
- longer and higher than the former Twin Bridge
- accessible to various motor-less traffic such as hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers
- connected to existing trails in the LSCR
New Single-lane Vehicular Bridge for Operations Access at Riverside Drive
To support ongoing trail maintenance in the LSCR, a new single-lane vehicular bridge will be constructed at the north end of Riverside Drive. This bridge will:
- be accessible to recreational trail users
- be gated and locked and only Metro Vancouver and Emergency departure will have vehicle access
- provide safe access for Metro Vancouver operations to regional water infrastructure in the LSCR
Replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail and Trail Connection Improvements
The new staircase near the north end of Riverside Drive will be wider and non-slip, to provide trail users with safer and more convenient access to connecting trails in the LSCR.
Metro Vancouver will also be upgrading existing trails and establishing new trail connections to the bridges. This will ensure that trail networks continue to be safe and accessible while addressing the interests and needs of the community.
Fish and Environment
Metro Vancouver is working the District of North Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Seymour Salmonid Society to ensure that any new improvements are implemented to the highest environmental standard.
Seymour Salmon Society