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Pattullo Bridge To Undergo 5-Month Rehab; Expect Traffic Delays + Closures

Pattullo Bridge

Photo: Clayton Perry / 604 Now Flickr Pool

One of the oldest bridges in the region will be undergoing a scheduled rehabilitation, with heavy traffic delays and congestion expected throughout the summer and until the end of September.

The five-month project will include mandatory repairs to ensure the bridge remains operational for the next few years, as a replacement bridge is currently in the works.

Work will begin on Friday April 29, 2016, and continue through October 3. Over the five months, crews will repair the deck and address concrete degradation that occurs over time.

This will include removing the asphalt surfacing from the desk, and removing all deck concrete down to the top layer of rebar. Crews will then repair the concrete delamination, replace the rebar if needed, and then repave the entire deck area with a concrete overlay.

Closures and delays drivers can expect:

  • The bridge will be closed from the evening of April 29 (8 p.m.) to the morning of May 2 (5 a.m.) to allow crews to set up for construction work. The bridge will also close from the evening of Sept. 30 (8 p.m.) to the morning of Oct. 3 (5 a.m.) for crews to remove equipment.
  • From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction.
  • Truck access will be maintained
  • The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, even during evening and weekend closures.
  • Minor vehicle incidents on the bridge will cause significant delays and potentially a full bridge closure.

Being one of the busiest crossings in metro Vancouver, the schedule above is expected to heavily increase congestion and consistent delays.

Travel times will be dependant on the street and time of day, but Translink is advising drivers should plan an additional 20 to 40 minutes of travel time during the morning peak period, and an additional 10 to 30 minutes during the afternoon peak period.

It’s also advised to use other crossings, carpool, cycle, or use Transit to cross the Fraser River.

Translink is adding six additional parking locations near Surrey Central Station, Scott Road Station, and New Westminster Station in addition to the currently existing Park and Ride lots.

Additional service hours have also been allocated to the following bus routes: 101, 104, 128, 155, 340 and the 410.

 

Image via Clayton Perry / 604 Now Flickr Pool

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