What It Was Like To Cross Pattullo Bridge In 1937

What It Was Like To Cross Pattullo Bridge In 1937

The Pattullo Bridge connects Surrey to New Westminster and is one of the busiest bridges in metro Vancouver, and also the oldest.

The decayed bridge is currently in the midst of a 6 month rehab, and a traffic nightmare for commuters who rely on the free bridge to cross the Fraser River.

While the chaos does not seem to have an end in sight, it’s neat to look back 79 years when the bridge just was just completed and opened to the public in 1937.

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The crossing took just over a year to build, and was named after BC Liberal premier Duff Pattullo.

In the video below, you’ll notice the bridge was shared by both cyclists and motorists, it also had a toll.

When it first opened, it was the first bridge for vehicles to travel over the lower Fraser River.

The bridge initially served approximately 5,000 cars a day. In 2016, it serves 80,000 a day.

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