Look for! A helicopter will lift giant billboards, the largest of which weighs close to 1,500 pounds, near the shoreline.
Motorists in downtown Vancouver may want to avoid the waterfront area near Coal Harbor on Friday due to road closures necessary for a helicopter to lift the Shaw Tower sign.
The 41-story Shaw Tower, at the corner of Cordova and Thurlow streets, is replacing its existing signage with Rogers signs after Rogers Communications Inc.’s $26 billion acquisition of Shaw cleared final regulatory hurdles last month.
“Due to the height of the building and limited accessibility at ground level, a helicopter is required to remove and install the signs,” the largest of which weighs just under 1,500 pounds, the city of Vancouver said in a newsletter on Thursday. .
Road closures are scheduled for Friday and next Thursday, June 1 for these streets:
• Thurlow Street, 200 block, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• West Waterfront Road, 1000 block, 7:00-12:00
The 1000 block of Cordova Street will remain open, but motorists should expect intermittent closures when the helicopter flies overhead.
The closures will allow the helicopter to transport all four pieces of the existing Shaw sign to a staging area in Coal Harbor in eight flights. On June 1, the helicopter will make 12 trips to hoist six signal pieces to the tower.
Each flight will take 10 to 15 minutes and will take two to three hours in total.
There will be access to residences and businesses during the operation, but residents may hear intermittent noise from the helicopter, the city said. Curbside access and parking may also be affected.
Vancouver Police will be on hand to direct traffic.
Drivers are asked to follow “no parking” signs in the area and expect delays.
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