A metal plate that has been causing traffic mayhem on the Lions Gate Bridge since last wek will be fixed later this week.
In a statement on Facebook this afternoon, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation said a solution had been identified to ensure traffic drives over the ‘bump’ more smoothly. The temporary 1.75-inch thick metal plate protects the bridge deck’s joints during the ongoing process to repave the bridge deck.
“The cover over the area will be modified so that vehicles will have a longer and smoother transition over the bump,” reads the statement. “The work will include widening the cover area by an additional 6 feet (about 3 feet on each side), and placing more rubber surfacing over the metal plates.”
Work on the new, smoother bump will begin tonight and is expected to be completed by Friday morning. Most repaving work on the bridge deck will be finished in four weeks.
At this time during the Wednesday evening rush hour, there have been reports that a number of buses are not using the Lions Gate Bridge due to the persistent, lengthy delays. These current list of affected routes are 240, 241, 246 and 247, although this list could grow.
North Vancouver buses are instead being detoured to the SeaBus while West Vancouver buses are still attempting to use the bridge and running extremely delayed.
Transit passengers who need to use routes that travel on the Lions Gate Bridge are being asked to consider SeaBus as an alternative option, but lineups to board the ferries are stretching outside the terminals. Passengers who use SeaBus should also expect lengthy delays.
— R Morrison (@RVanMorrison86) August 20, 2015
That #awkwardmoment when there’s construction and traffic on #lionsgate and #ironworkers and it takes 1.5 hours to to complete a 30 min commute. Did bc transport not anticipate this? Can we see any more collaboration w/ translink? Oh, and #shoutout to everyone who voted #no in the #transit referendum – a third #Seabus definitely wouldn’t help right now (or, you know, if this happens again) #northvan #lionsgatebump
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— Team Finney (@TeamFinney) August 18, 2015