Translink just released images of what the Pattullo Bridge Replacement will look like once it is finished being built.
The renderings convey that the new cable-suspension bridge will have four lanes in total, and they expect the project to be completed in 2023. Of course, this date is only feasible if the province is able to fund the project. On September 1st, 2017 the government stopped collecting tolls from bridges, and therefore funding for the bridge will have to come elsewhere.
With this in mind, the 80-year-old crossing is in dire need of a makeover. Not only is the bridge old, but it is no longer able to accommodate the number of daily crossings. For this reason, the lanes on the bridge are being built 10% wider and will therefore accommodate heavier traffic. In addition, it will also make the bridge much safer.
Also, the bridge will have separated bike lanes and pedestrian paths on the edges in both directions.
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.
Pattullo Bridge Replacement
It’s part of the Major Road Network, serving primarily as a connection between Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby. As a result, it is a critical transportation link for the movement of people, goods, and services.
To facilitate the new bridge there will be a realignment and extension of Scott Road creating a direct connection to King George Boulevard. In addition, the bridge will connect with the westbound lanes of Highway 17.
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