Proposed Pedestrian Bridge – Mamquam Blind Channel

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Waterfront Landing is a new mixed use neighbourhood located on the south east side of the Mamquam Blind Channel, adjacent to Highway 99 on the old Interfor Mill site. In 2017, Council approved a key amenity for the Waterfront Landing development - a new pedestrian lift bridge that would link the new neighbourhood to Downtown Squamish at Victoria Street. The proposed pedestrian bridge would provide an important active transportation link for residents of Waterfront Landing, Downtown Squamish, Valleycliffe and Hospital Hill, creating more opportunities to walk and cycle to Downtown Squamish and further reduce the reliance on vehicle use.

 

Who will own and operate the bridge?

The proposed pedestrian bridge will be constructed by Bosa Properties, and will be owned, maintained and operated by the District of Squamish.

How will the pedestrian bridge operate?

The proposed pedestrian lift bridge must meet the Navigable Waters Bridge Regulations of the Navigation Protection Act and any safety requirements established by Transport Canada or the District of Squamish.  The proposed bridge operation is intended to provide access for marine users on an “as-needed” basis, with some variation in response times and procedures depending on the time of day and season.

Proposed operational features:
  • 15-minute cycle time to lift and close the bridge.
  • A bridge tender (a District staff member who will operate the bridge) will be available to ensure lifts/closures are completed on request.
  • Daily operating times: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during peak/summer months and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during winter months. Outside these hours, the bridge will still open but will have a longer response time.
  • Response times to initiate the bridge opening: 10 minutes during peak/summer operating hours; 30 minutes during winter operating hours; within 60 minutes outside of winter and summer operating hours.
  • Air Draft Gauges will be installed to enable mariners to determine whether a bridge lift is required based on the available vertical clearance under the bridge. 
  • Clearance under the bridge will vary from 4.1m (13.5 ft.) to 9.25m (30.3 ft.) depending on tide level. This height will allow many power boats to pass underneath without the need to lift the bridge.
  • When in the lift position, the 14.5m wide lift span will provide unimpeded access on the Mamquam Blind Channel.

An overview presentation of the bridge operations and the detailed draft Operational Plan are available for review.

The Operational Plan will be finalized following the Transport Canada review and consultation process, and following discussions with Council. 

What safety provisions will be in place? 
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In addition to the on-site bridge tender, a number of steps are proposed to address safety:

  • Marine communication protocols will include VHF frequency and cell phone call in number.
  • A closed-circuit television (CCTV) system will be established and managed by District staff to track all openings and transit data. This system will provide upstream and downstream views of the channel and pedestrian gates.
What is the approval process?

The pedestrian bridge requires approval by Council. It also requires approval by the Navigation Protection Program of Transport Canada due to the potential impacts on navigation in the Mamquam Blind Channel.  


If approved, when will the bridge be built?

The developer (Bosa Properties) is required to complete the pedestrian bridge prior to issuance of final Occupancy Permits for Phase 2 of the overall development. Construction of the bridge is anticipated to be completed in 2021/22. 

How can I provide feedback on the pedestrian bridge?

Any information related to the proposed pedestrian bridge will be posted on this project page, including technical reports and any updated or revised plans.

Questions can be directed to planning@squamish.ca.

Future Waterfront Park

A related amenity proposed as part of the Waterfront Landing development is a linear waterfront park on the Mamquam Blind Channel.  Visit our webpage for information on the Waterfront Park

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