Lions Gate Bridge lane closures this weekend for joint repairs

Jul 15 2019, 8:42 pm

A new round of construction work that maintains the Lions Gate Bridge in good repair will necessitate weekend lane closures this weekend.

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According to the District of West Vancouver, the BC Ministry of Transportation is performing expansion joint work on the bridge’s north tower.

To allow for this work, a temporary construction bridge — a long, smooth tapered approach — is being installed and require lane closures during the following times:

  • 8 am to 10 pm on Saturday, July 20, with one lane open in each direction
  • 10 pm on Saturday, July 20 to 8 am on Sunday, July 21, with a single lane open to alternating traffic directions

When the temporary bridge is installed, crews will work underneath the bridge deck and primarily out of sight until October 2019.

This temporary bridge addresses a problem during similar construction work in 2015, when short-length metal plates that resembled speed bumps caused drivers to slow down, causing traffic mayhem and long delays that even caused a big surge in SeaBus ridership.

Instead, the design of the temporary bridge span over the joint is a long, smooth tapered approach to ensure motorists do not experience any bumps while driving over the bridge.

The sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists on either side of the bridge will not be impacted by the construction work.

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