In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the BC Ministry of Transportation said the planned weekend work on the bridge has been postponed due to the forecast extreme weather event, but did not specify when the work had been postponed until.
According to Environment Canada, “heavy rain and strong winds are in store for coastal communities of BC this weekend.”
The heaviest rainfall is expected to take place on the west side of Vancouver Island and in communities on the Central Coast, the agency said.
The Special Weather Statement also applies to parts of Metro Vancouver including:
- Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
Drivers planning to use the Lions Gate Bridge this weekend are being advised of overnight lane closures which will be taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.
According to the BC Ministry of Transportation, the closures are in place for joint and bearing repairs on the 80-year-old crossing.
Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect from 8 pm on Saturday to 8 am on Sunday.
During the closure, “sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists,” the ministry said. “However, drivers should expect delays during this period and may want to consider an alternative route.”
The repair work is being undertaken in phases and future lane closures may be scheduled, as well.
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