Expect heavy traffic, detours, and single-lane traffic as the City of North Vancouver begins to reconstruct the aging Mosquito Creek Bridge on Marine Drive between Fell Ave and Bewicke Ave.
The first phase of the construction begin on February 18.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and heavy vehicles over 20,000 kg GVM, excluding buses, will be required to use an alternate route.
Speed bumps will be installed to slow traffic approaching the bridge, and left turns will not be permitted at Fell Ave. Entry and exiting from Mosquito Creek lane will be restricted.
Cyclists can choose to dismount or ride on sidewalks at slow speed through the construction zone, and bus stops will be moved to accommodate construction.
Pedestrians on the southern side should continue to use the pedestrian detour bridge. Pedestrians on the northern side, however, will be unaffected.
If you use Marine Drive regularly, the City is suggesting you may want to consider an alternate route. Regular delays are expected during construction, especially during Phase 1.
Alternative routes recommended include West 2nd Street and West 1st Street for lower level routing and West 16th Street and Larson Road or Highway 1 for upper level routing.
Once completed, the new, wider bridge will provide an improved experience for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers, city says.
The new bridge will include four lanes of traffic, transit lanes in each direction, sidewalks and protected bike lanes on both sides, a new multi-use path under Marine Drive connecting the Mosquito Creek trail.