A partial bridge closure in Metro Vancouver could lead to rerouting and delays for drivers between Surrey and New Westminster this month.
According to TransLink, the Pattullo Bridge will only be open to one-way traffic overnight Sunday through Monday to allow for pothole repairs.
Here are the details on the lane closures:
- Southbound/Towards Surrey closed Sunday, May 8 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Northbound/Towards New Westminster closed Monday, May 9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Lanes traveling in the opposite direction of the closures will remain open, and first responders, cyclists and pedestrians will also be able to use the bridge in both directions.
TransLink says the pothole repair work aims to fix the Pattullo Bridge so it will be in “good condition” until they finish building its replacement, which will have wider lanes, a median barrier and separate pedestrian and bicycle lanes from traffic.
The new bridge is scheduled to open in 2024, just 100 meters east of the original Pattullo Bridge, which was built in 1937. Then the contractor will start demolishing the old bridge. The Pattullo Bridge is seismically vulnerable and in poor condition.
Instead of using the Pattullo, you can use the Port Mann or Alex Fraser bridges as an alternative. Otherwise, you’ll want to allow an extra 30 minutes of travel time.
With files by Kenneth Chan.