New Alex Fraser Bridge Zipper Will Begin Operating This Month

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Alex Fraser Zipper car

The Alex Fraser zipper is almost here and it’s going to cut down the average commute by about 20 minutes.

The bridge connects North Delta with Richmond and New Westminster and is often heavily congested, with nearly 120,000 people crossing it everyday.

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But by next week, the Alex Fraser zipper will be in place. With a large yellow vehicle, the lane will change from northbound in the morning to southbound in the afternoon.

The southbound lane is already in effect, but commuters will rejoice to see it working in the mornings as well.

That means the vehicle crosses the bridge each morning at 4:30 am to prepare for the northbound commute. Then at 11:30 am, it will return to get ready for the afternoon rush.

It works by moving the highway divider to either side of the new lane. The process takes about 20 minutes each time.

A similar system is in use in other places, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

This is all part of a bigger Alex Fraser Bridge improvement project, which will cost $70 million in total.

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