Nightly lane closures for Alex Fraser Bridge construction to last into mid-August

Aug 6 2019, 8:31 pm

The BC Ministry of Transportation says drivers using the Alex Fraser Bridge should be advised of nightly lane closures beginning tonight and lasting for the next two weeks until Sunday, August 18.

Two lanes — one lane in each direction — will be closed every night to allow construction crews to complete the new seventh lane controlled by a counterflow moveable, zipper-like barrier system.

The crews will be removing the southbound painted lines and begin applying the permanent lane lines.

Late last month, the bridge’s speed limits were permanently reduced from 90 km/h to 70 km/h due to the narrower lane widths.

This $70-million project increasing the total number of bridge lanes from six to seven will increase the crossing’s capacity. The reduced speeds are necessitated as a result of the narrower lane widths to accommodate the extra lane, with lanes now 3.55 metres wide — down from 3.7 metres.

The new additional counterflow-controlled lane on the bridge is expected to open later this year.

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