A six hour operation was carried out last summer to relocate the Capilano Bridge in Vancouver, Canada, and allow a new bridge to be built in its place.

Buckland & Taylor is engineering consultant for the replacement project; the existing westbound bridge is a two-lane, through truss bridge with two spans, one built in 1929 and one in 1949. The new westbound bridge will have three lanes and will be 116m long. It will have steel girders and a concrete deck.

This fast-tracked project involved moving the existing bridge superstructure to the north onto a temporary pier and abutments, to serve as a detour during the construction of the new bridge, and demolishing the existing bridge upon completion of the new one.

The design was complete in February 2010, and the existing bridge was moved to the detour route on 2010 June 20.