VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today that the aging Burrard Bridge will be demolished on June 21 for “safety reasons.”
The announcement comes only days after the city announced plans to shut down the bridge to make room for a massive outdoor yoga demonstration, also to be held on the 21st.
“After weeks of review and assessment, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the beloved Burrard Bridge will be demolished,” Robertson told press on Thursday.
“The 82-year-old structure is structurally and seismically unsound, and it has to come down as soon as possible.”
Robertson denied that the demolition would conflict with celebrations surrounding International Day of Yoga.
“Oh, I didn’t even know that was happening on the same day. What a weird coincidence.”
When asked whether the city would provide a timeline for the demolition, Robertson began extolling the cultural and historical value of the Burrard Bridge.
“Few structures in Vancouver carry as much historical importance as the Burrard Bridge. It’s going to be really difficult for me to watch the bridge suddenly explode and crash violently into the water below on June 21st.
“Anyway, it’s important that we learn to relax.” ♦
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