Construction to begin on Burrard Corridor today, drivers warned

Click to play video: 'Burrard Bridge closures begin for $35 million retrofit project' Burrard Bridge closures begin for $35 million retrofit project
WATCH: Much needed upgrades to Vancouver's 80-year-old Burrard Bridge are finally getting underway. Reporter Grace Ke has the details of what commuters can expect – Mar 14, 2016

Construction is set to begin on the Burrard Corridor today and commuters are being warned they might need to allow for extra travel time.

Crews will be replacing a sewer main between Broadway and 8th Avenue (lane reduction going northbound). There will also be construction work between Davie and Pacific (lane reduction going southbound), but the work on the Burrard Bridge does not begin until May.

Some full road closures will also be needed on weekends to allow for major roadwork and final paving.

The Burrard Bridge is more than 80 years old and the city says major repairs are needed.

The project involves building another bike lane, suicide barriers, replacement of aging sewer and water infrastructure, and safety improvements at the Burrard and Pacific intersection, the second highest collision location in the city.

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People will also be able to walk on both sides of the bridge again when a northbound travel lane on the centre portion of the bridge will be converted and the bridge will be widened at the Pacific intersection.

WATCH: Drivers frustrated at upcoming Burrard Bridge closures.

Click to play video: '$35M retrofit project to begin on Burrard St. Bridge' $35M retrofit project to begin on Burrard St. Bridge
$35M retrofit project to begin on Burrard St. Bridge – Mar 1, 2016

-With files from Yuliya Talmazan

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