A viaduct debate in Syracuse: what Vancouver might have been if freeways had been completed

What would Vancouver look like if the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts had been linked to a city-straddling freeway? Look no further than Syracuse, where that’s exactly what happened and citizens are debating replacement of the still-busy I-81, which slashes through the heart of town.

Now worn out, the I-81 viaduct must come down before 2017. But how should cars keep moving? On a boulevard, through a tunnel or around the city? It’s just one of many such debates across North America and around the world.

Here in Vancouver, council voted unanimously last June to clear the way for replacement of our Viaducts, subject to successful completion of talks among the city, Concord Pacific and the province which are continuing.