West Vancouver will use helicopter for new 50-foot bridge

The original footbridge ‘disappeared’ in 2017, presumably washed down by Brothers Creek during high tide

If you look at the sky in West Vancouver Monday morning (November 1), you can see a 50-foot bridge dangling under a helicopter.

Weather permitting, the District of West Vancouver plans to fly in a new 14.8-meter-long intersection and re-establish the Crossover Trail over Brothers Creek.

Sometime in the winter of 2017, the bridge simply disappeared.

“We think what happened is that the creek got really high during a high tide event and literally lifted the bridge up and took it downstream. There is a waterfall just past the bridge downstream and it went straight down the waterfall and was destroyed, “said Ian Haras, the park’s planning and development manager.” We could not really find any evidence of the bridge. It was pretty bizarre. “

No one in the neighborhood knew how old the former bridge was. It was rudimentary – only two large tree trunks felled across the creek with a deck carved on top.

“We think it could have been an old non-slip bridge when forestry was going up there,” Haras said.

Since then, experienced hikers could crawl across the creek, but only if the water was shallow, Haras said, and that would have been quite dangerous for a beginner.

The new bridge is built to modern standards. These include concrete supports that have already been cast.

“It was not like a bridge you could buy from the shelf. We had to have it manufactured and constructed for the span we needed. And then abutments also had to be constructed, ”said Haras.

On Monday, crews plan to rig the bridge to the bottom of a helicopter so it can be flown into the creek. They have hired Talon Helicopters to do the work that most North Shore residents would recognize from their work on North Shore Rescue.

If the weather cooperates, they hope to lift from a parking lot on Cypress Bowl Road at 6 p.m. 10 in the morning, and Haras said he expects the bridge to be fully installed later that day.

“It’s a very critical connection and the upper country,” he said. “It gets you into the cabin area and into BC Parks.”

Reaching the bridge on the trail takes about 40 minutes on foot.

The budget for the project is $ 170,000.

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