A Radical Old Idea: the Burrard and Cornwall Intersection
The City has come out with proposals for the Point Grey Road/Cornwall Corridor – notably the concept for a separated route along the constricted connection between Kits and Jericho:
Also accompanying the plans for Cornwall-Point Grey is a proposal to reconfigure the intersection at the south end of the Burrard Bridge:
Details here – second page.
Essentially it would square up the intersection, making it much more like a typical part of the classic Vancouver grid, adding some green space while retaining the number of lanes and capacity.
I confess some embarrassment. I sat on a Council that voted some considerable bucks to the rebuilding of this intersection in its current form, even though it was suggested at the time ['m thinking of you, Chris DeMarco (and others - see below under Frank Ducote's comments)] that we had an opportunity to do pretty much then what the engineers have come up with now.
But that, you see, was considered way too radical because it departed too much from the expectations of motordom design, i.e. maximizing flows for the car to make it as fast and seamless as possible. The ultimate expression is the cloverleaf – the design used for the ends of the Granville Bridge. Yes, those circular on-off ramps that we are now removing (see the post on the Obsborn proposal below) because the land is too valuable and a squared-up grid can quite easily handle the demand.
The same with Viaducts: should we remove them? The answer can be found in a question: if they didn’t exist, would we build them now? If not, then it’s clear they’re not solving a problem that it’s necessary to address. We can live without them.
In the case of Cornwall/Burrard, we will serve more uses, more safely, by drawing our design from the pre-motordom era.
Public open houses scheduled as part of the first phase of consultation for this project:
|Thursday January 31, 2013|
|7:00 PM – 9:00 PM*|
|Queen Mary Elementary School Gym|
|2000 Trimble Street|
|Saturday February 2, 2013|
|10:00 AM – 2:00 PM*|
|Kitsilano Community Centre|
Snowy’s Lounge2690 Larch Street
*These meetings will be drop-in open house format. City staff will be available during the times listed to discuss the project, answer questions and gather input.