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Should The Port Mann Bridge Reduce Tolls During Pattullo Rehab?

Port Mann Bridge

The oldest bridge in the region recently opened up again to traffic after a weekend closure from April 29 to May 1.

From now through October 3, 2016 however, the Pattullo Bridge will only offer single lane access for vehicles, making the current congestion a nightmare for the next five months.

The rehabilitation 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.

A look at upcoming delays and closures:

  • 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.

Translink initially sent out a heads up and warned drivers to anticipate up to an extra 30 minutes of delays during high peak hours on the Pattullo, but many were still caught off guard with Monday’s traffic and took to social media to vent.

Others decided to avoid the Pattullo by flocking to the Alex Fraser, which ultimately led to higher than normal traffic delays on the bridge and frustrations for frequent users.

Among other suggestions floating around to help ease traffic during the Pattullo Bridge rehabilitation is the idea of temporarily reducing tolls on the Port Mann bridge. It’s the closest crossing to the Pattullo, but many avoid it due to tolls.

We conducted a poll via Twitter to collect some feedback on the idea, here’s what the current response suggests:

Do you think tolls should be reduced on the Port Mann Bridge to help spread out traffic? Share your thoughts by hitting yes or no below:

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