Talk about a chicken little and the sky if falling thread
Personally I don't think the traffic will be as bad as people here seem to think. At first it might be a bit worse. But over time commuters will adapt by changing their commuting pattern. Which is why I'm not opposed to removal of the viaducts. I'm not in support of keeping them either. I'm just blah about it and think things will work out in the end.
To those who feel that the traffic on the east side of Vancouver proper is the worst. Have any of you tried driving down 200st in Langely. If Vancouver is bad that out there is purgatory. Now maybe it is because I've lived in East Vancouver my entire life. But I have never found the traffic to be that bad. There are intersections that get backed up worse than others. And if I constantly see a backup at one. Then I adjust my commute pattern to get away from that congestion.
As for downtown it should not be a place to drive threw but a place to drive to. If you are driving threw then your destination is the North Shore. And in that case then you should be taking the 2nd Narrows. The only people this should not apply to is those living on the west side of Vancouver. For the majority of others in the region there is no reason to drive threw downtown.
Anyhow let the chicken little thread continue