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$1.3 Billion Construction On Pattullo Bridge Replacement To Begin Next Year

Pattullo Bridge

Photo: Artistic Rendering / Translink

The Government of British Columbia just announced that the Pattullo Bridge will be replaced by a brand new, four lane bridge in 2019.

In addition, John Horgan announced that the $1.377 billion project will be funded by the province. Construction on the bridge connecting Surrey and New Westminster will commence in the summer of 2019 and is set for completion in 2023.

“This is an essential transportation link that British Columbians rely on, and it’s our job to make sure it’s safe and gets people moving better,” Horgan said. “Replacing the Pattullo Bridge will help people get home to their families quickly and safely, while creating good jobs for local workers.”

The bridge will be completely owned and operated by the provincial government.

Pattullo Bridge
Photo: Artistic Rendering / Translink

RELATED: What It Was Like To Cross Pattullo Bridge In 1937

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Pattullo Bridge Replacement

Translink released some renderings for what the bridge would look like and the rough timeline; however, the government had not stated how it would be funded.

The new bridge will be located just north and upstream of the existing bridge, and will provide:

  • A safer crossing with wider lanes and a centre median that separates traffic travelling in opposite directions.
  • Modern lane widths to increase capacity on the bridge by 10%.
  • Improved community connections in New Westminster and Surrey.
  • Separate pedestrian and cyclist paths.

Of course, another area that may get a bridge replacement is the Massey Tunnel. At this time, the tunnel is unable to handle the current amount of traffic, and is extremely congested. With that in mind, the project will be quite costly. Also, some people argue that a bridge shouldn’t be built, and rather the tunnel updated to 4 lanes.

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