Over the years, I thought I had seen all the renderings and sketches for the various freeway proposals that had been put forward in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
Nope. The indispensable John Mackie, the Sun journalist with the time, interest and access to the paper’s archives, has pulled out some great pics to illustrate this week’s history column: 1967 — Wacky Bennett and Tom Terrific team up to push for a third crossing.
In the 1960s everybody seemed to have a plan for a new bridge or tunnel at the First Narrows. But nobody wanted to pay for it.
So on March 23, 1967, Social Credit Premier W.A.C. Bennett came up with a funding formula: 40 per cent from the federal government, 40 per cent from the provincial and civic governments, and 20 per cent from the National Harbours Board and the developers of Project 200, a giant highrise development on the downtown waterfront.
Bennett talked Vancouver Mayor Tom Campbell into supporting his plan. But federal Liberal Arthur Laing dismissed it as “ridiculous nonsense.” …
The same day Bennett announced his formula, a consortium of four city engineering firms unveiled a $57-million plan to twin the Lions Gate Bridge.
An artist’s conception of a 1960s’ freeway in Vancouver, showing the unbuilt east-west freeway that would have sliced through East Vancouver to Burnaby, and a freeway that would have gone through the West End. Note there is no Carrall Street freeway.
Map of a proposed 1960 ‘waterfront parkway,’ six-lane freeway that would have been built in English Bay. The present beach would have become a ‘bay lagoon’ if it had gone through. The plan also shows a second bridge to the east of the Lions Gate Bridge.