Pattullo Bridge deck rehabilitation starts this weekend

April 28, 2016

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — Deck repair work to keep the Pattullo Bridge safe begins this Friday, April 29, and continues until October 3.

During this period:

  • The bridge will close from the evening on 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 September 30 (8 p.m.) to the morning of October 3 (5 a.m.) for crews to remove equipment.
  • From May 2 to September 30, the bridge will have one lane open in each direction except for two nights a week and one weekend a month when the bridge will close to vehicle traffic.
  • Trucks will still have access when the bridge is open.
  • 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 traffic delays and potentially a full bridge closure.

The Pattullo Bridge is one of the busiest crossings in Metro Vancouver and increased congestion and delays are expected in the area during construction. Travel times depend on where a driver starts and ends a trip, the as well as time of day.  However, drivers taking the Pattullo Bridge should plan an extra 20 to 40 minutes of travel time in the morning peak period and 10 to 30 minutes in the afternoon peak period.  

Pattullo Bridge users should plan to use alternatives which may be faster, such as:

  • Transit
  • Using other crossings
  • Traveling outside of peak periods
  • Carpooling
  • Cycling  

We have added service hours to the 101, 104, 128, 155, 340, 388 and the 410 bus routes. Seven additional parking locations near New Westminster Station, Scott Road Station and Surrey Central Station have been identified, in addition to existing Park and Ride lots, to make it easier for drivers to connect to transit.

Drivers looking for additional information and travel resources should visit www.translink.ca/pattullorehab.

TransLink continues to work with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the cities of Surrey and New Westminster, to monitor and minimize travel impacts.

The Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the region. Comprehensive deck rehabilitation work is needed to maintain road safety and bridge functionality. TransLink thanks everyone for their patience while we do this important work.

 

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