Lower Mainland bridges and highways could close as the snow worsens

Jan 15 2020, 4:40 pm

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is warning Metro Vancouver drivers that bridge and highway closures are possible as the snowy conditions continue into the evening.

“With a snowy weather forecast leading into this evening and tomorrow, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises it may be necessary to close bridges and highways as a precautionary measure to help ensure the safety of travellers,” said the ministry in a release.

With the weather forecast predicting high winds and heavy snow, drivers should prepare for lane closures or full bridge closures “given the challenges already faced managing these weather conditions on the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges due to snow shedding.”

In the Fraser Valley, crews may also have to close the westbound lanes on Highway 1 west of Hope because of poor visibility and blowing and drifting snow. The eastbound lanes have been shut down since this morning.

“Travellers should be prepared to adjust their plans and expect delays.”

On Wednesday morning, the BC government issued a warning, urging residents to avoid all non-essential travel due to treacherous road conditions.

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