Major road construction on six blocks of Robson Street begins

Mar 23 2021, 2:11 pm

Expect some disruptions along the easternmost stretch of Robson Street over the coming months due to a multi-faceted road construction project led by the City of Vancouver.

Water, electrical, and street infrastructure upgrades began this week over a six city block-long span of Robson Street between Granville Street and Beatty Street. Construction will continue through this fall.

The work will include the installation of a new water main that will have a life expectancy of 100 years to serve the area’s growing developments. It will replace an aging water main originally installed in 1947.

There will also be electrical infrastructural upgrades to the area BC Hydro.

To top it off, the roadway will see repaving, intersection improvements, sidewalk and curb restoration, and new road markings. A complete road restoration of Robson Street is planned for the segment between Homer Street and Seymour Street.

Robson Street’s 2021 upgrades outlined. Yellow: Street design; Orange: External work; Blue: Water. (City of Vancouver/Google Maps)

The municipal government states access to businesses and the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch will be maintained at all times. Expect some intermittent road closures, parking impacts, and traffic delays.

Closer to Robson Street’s mid-section, the new 800 Robson plaza over Robson Square is expected to open over the coming weeks.

800 robson plaza construction

Construction progress on 800 Robson Plaza, as of February 6, 2021. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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