Drivers are being advised of overnight closures coming to the Pattullo Bridge starting this October.
According to TransLink BC, northbound traffic moving towards New Westminister will be affected on multiple nights between October 15 and November 4, 2019.
During the closures, crews will be making a number of installations to increase user safety, such as seismic activity and wind warning sensors, bridge closure devices, fibre-optic cables, and advanced warning lights and signs.
As it stands, the bridge is 81 years old and falls severely short of current seismic and wind loading standards. The public transit authority also says that the bridge is vulnerable to collapse during a modestly-powerful earthquake or hurricane-level wind storm.
Upon completion, the Pattullo Bridge’s new system “will be able to block entry to the bridge in the event of a seismic or high wind event.”
Closures for the bridge are as follows:
- Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17: 10 pm to 5 am
- Sunday, October 20 to Thursday, October 24: 10 pm to 5 am
- Sunday, October 27 to Wednesday, October 30: 10 pm to 5 am
- Sunday, November 3 to Monday, November 4: 10 am to 5 pm
Anyone driving towards New Westminster during the closures is asked to plan an alternate route.
“Bridge users are encouraged to use the Port Mann or Alex Fraser Bridge as alternatives,” reads a release from TransLink. “Affected northbound N19 bus trips will be re-routed over the Queensborough Bridge.”
Emergency vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians will not be affected by any of these closures.
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