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Lynn Canyon suspension bridge closing for repairs (for real this time)

The District of North Vancouver’s popular Lynn Canyon suspension bridge will be out of commission for more than two months of repairs – for real this time.
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 Lynn Canyon suspension bridge. File photo by Cindy Goodman/North Shore NewsLynn Canyon suspension bridge. File photo by Cindy Goodman/North Shore News

The District of North Vancouver’s popular Lynn Canyon suspension bridge will be out of commission for more than two months of repairs – for real this time.

The district announced in September the bridge would close imminently so crews could replace and upgrade the main deck, but the work was postponed.

"The bridge deck is reaching the end of its design life so we're doing some proactive maintenance to keep it in safe working condition," said district spokeswoman Courtenay Rannard at the time. "Everything except the two main cables is actually being replaced. Those were reinforced last year."

The work is now expected to begin on Nov. 19 with completion by early 2020. The bridge deck, which hasn’t had an upgrade since 2007, will have the same slope, width and appearance, with non-slip surface and side meshing.

In the meantime, people wanting to access trails and cross the canyon will have to detour either to Pipeline Bridge to the north, about a two-kilometre or 50-minute walk, or Twin Falls Bridge, one kilometre or 30 minutes on foot to the south.