Metro Vancouver bridges facing "heavy delays," closures due to snow

Jan 15 2020, 12:20 pm

Two major bridges in Metro Vancouver have been seriously affected by the snow and poor weather conditions.

At 11:44 am on Wednesday, Drive BC announced heavy delays going eastbound on the Alex Fraser Bridge, caused by vehicle congestion going uphill.

Crews are currently on scene, but drivers are being asked to consider alternative routes.

The New Westminster Police Department’s Traffic Unit also announced that the Queensborough Bridge has been closed northbound because of a number of spun-out semi-trucks.

On Wednesday morning, the provincial government warned drivers to “avoid all but essential travel throughout the Metro Vancouver region today, including the Fraser Valley.”

“Persistent snow, high winds, and cold temperatures are causing poor road conditions. Those who must travel are asked to use extreme caution and drive to the conditions. The ministry advises travellers to expect winter conditions for the rest of the week,” says the BC Government in a release.

“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions, slowing down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility.”

A new Snowfall Warning was also recently issued for Metro Vancouver, in addition to a Wind Warning that still remains in effect.