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Strathcona residents protest viaduct plans

Last Updated Sep 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm PDT

About 40 people are protesting turning Prior Street into a thoroughfare. (Source: Mike Lloyd/NEWS 1130)
Summary

Councillors will vote on turning Prior Street into an arterial route on Tuesday, replacing the viaducts

Many in the Strathcona neighbourhood are not pleased with the prospect of fast-flowing, high volume traffic along Prior

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Once the viaducts come down in Vancouver, where will the traffic go?

A group of residents, neighbourhood associations, business owners and politicians rallied on Monday at Prior and Hawks Avenue to drive home that point ahead of the vote at City Hall.

Up to 200 people took to the streets in Strathcona, organizers say, demanding Prior Street not be turned into a major arterial road.

Councillors are set to decide what happens to Prior Street on Tuesday, with city staff recommending the street become a full-fledged arterial route once the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are torn down as part of the Northeast False Creek Plan.

The viaducts carry around 45,000 vehicles every day, and those would have to be rerouted. According to the plan, Pacific Boulevard would be expanded to help ease immediate congestion.

Many in the neighbourhood are not pleased with the prospect of fast-flowing, high volume traffic along Prior Street, saying it’s both a safety concern and a major health concern. They claim the route is already dangerous and was not designed for the width of an arterial roadway.