Construction + Detours

UBC Construction and Detours 

A frequently updated construction and detours map is available here to help our UBC community navigate the Vancouver campus.


Road/lane closures

See map for more details.

  • North and south turn bays on Wesbrook Mall at Thunderbird Blvd
  • Thunderbird Blvd from Wesbrook Mall to Thunderbird Parkade entrance
  • Thunderbird Blvd from East Mall to Eagles Dr
  • East Mall from Thunderbird Blvd to Agronomy Rd
  • North bound East Mall closed at 16th Ave (bus C20 route North bound route affected)

Thunderbird Parkade Exit:

  • lane 1: right turn on Thunderbird Blvd to East Mall, left turn on East Mall using the south bound lane to 16th Ave traffic circle
  • lane 2: right turn on Thunderbird Blvd using south lane to East Mall, left turn at East Mall using the north bound lane to Stadium Rd, at Stadium Rd traffic crosses over to the south bound divided lane to 16th Ave traffic circle
  • Traffic egress from Osborne Lot will use the service lane behind Osborne Gym to East Mall, left on East Mall to 16th Ave traffic circle

Pedestrian route changes in the University Boulevard area - January 2018 to November 2019

As construction begins on the new MacInnes Field and Parkade and the new Focal building, construction fencing has been placed around the site and pedestrain access has changed. See the attached map for more details.

While the new Bus Exchange is being built, the sidewalks around the construction site on Student Union Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall will remain closed.

Road construction on University Boulevard - June 12, 2017

One of UBC’s steepest streets is undergoing a shift to one-way traffic this summer to improve pedestrian and cycling safety. Beginning June 12, University Boulevard will convert to single lane, one-way traffic westbound from West Mall to Lower Mall. 

The switch to one-way traffic will reduce congestion at the West Mall intersection and direct vehicles to access the West and Fraser parkades along Lower Mall.

Over the next month, there will be some single lane and sidewalk closures to allow for landscaping and other street improvements in the area.

Road closure April 11, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 from 9 am to 3 pm, westbound lanes on 16th Avenue from Blanca Street will be closed to traffic to allow the repaving of potholes from the winter season.

All traffic will be detoured to University Boulevard or Chancellor Boulevard off of Blanca Street. Transit will run as usual but will be detoured.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is overseeing the repaving work.

Road closures April 3 to 5, 2017

There will be road closures on NW Marine Drive and University Boulevard taking place from April 3 to 5, including daytime and evening roadwork. NW Marine Drive along Spanish Banks will be fully closed for repaving on Monday April 3 through Wednesday April 5 during the daytime. Pedestrians and cyclists will be directed onto the multi-use trail that runs along the beach and traffic control will be in place to redirect traffic onto Chancellor Boulevard and 4th Avenue to get around the work area. The repaving work is being done by the City of Vancouver to improve the quality of the roadway. In addition, University Boulevard will be closed westbound from Monday April 3 to Wednesday April 5 from 7pm to 6am to enable the University Endowment Lands to complete sewer work. During the closure transit buses will be rerouted and traffic will be detoured onto Western Parkway to access Wesbrook Mall. Pedestrians and cyclists will be accommodated on the south side of University Boulevard only.

Pedestrian route changes in the U Boulevard area: March 6 - May 2017

Starting Monday, March 6, all bus stops in the UBC (diesel) Bus Loop are moving to Wesbrook Mall. The new UBC Bus Exchange, located off Wesbrook Mall at University Boulevard, will partially open for drop-offs only. This means that all transit riders will board on Wesbrook Mall when leaving campus, and arrive in the new UBC Bus Exchange.

Bus routes affected are the 99 B-Line, 25, 33, 41, 43, 49 and 480. These routes are being relocated until construction of the new UBC Bus Exchange and Gage South Student Residence is completed in Summer 2019.

Learn more at

Please note:

The sidewalks along Student Union Blvd and Wesbrook Mall are now closed. Detour routes will be around the Student Recreation Centre and new Aquatic Centre. The old UBC Bus Loop is the site of the future Gage South Student Residence.

The New UBC Bus Exchange is open for drop-offs only.

Please refer to the map below for pedestrian routes and bus stop locations (the Pmin icon represents short term parking):


Brock Commons Construction

Building construction will begin on the Brock Commons student residence near Chancellor Place on November 9, 2015. The 18-storey residence is expected to take 20 months to complete and is scheduled to open in September 2017.

A key objective during construction is to minimize the impacts to adjacent residential and academic buildings. For construction and detour updates, please visit the transportation website.