A number of buses that use the Lions Gate Bridge will avoid the route due to a bump on the road that has been causing traffic mayhem on the route between the North Shore and downtown Vancouver.
- UPDATE: TransLink has announced that a third SeaBus vessel will go into service this afternoon to reduce sailing waits and delays.
According to TransLink, all North Vancouver buses that use the bridge will be diverted to SeaBus throughout the entire day to avoid delays from traffic gridlock. These affected bus routes are 240, 241, 246 and 247.
The buses will take the normal route to Capilano and Marine before turning on their “Not In Service” signs to travel to the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminal. On the downtown Vancouver side of the inlet, these buses will be diverted to Waterfront Station.
Passengers on SeaBus should expect extra waits and potentially long lines. No extra sailings have been added.
West Vancouver buses will continue to operate on their regular routes using the bridge.
The temporary bus route changes are in effect due to the 1.75-inch-thick metal plate on the south end of the bridge. Since last week, the bridge bump has caused drivers to slow down, causing congestion on the route even during off-peak hours.
On Wednesday afternoon, the provincial government announced that a new, smoother metal plate will be installed by Friday morning. The metal plate protects the bridge deck’s joints during the bridge deck repaving project, which will be substantially completed in about four weeks.