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Pattullo Bridge update – 10 a.m Wednesday

(Ken Hardie’s YouTube video from 5:30 p.m. yesterday is above)

Morning all,

Not a huge amount of updates on the bridge status today. The biggest is that New Westminster is offering access to nearly 800 parking spots in the City’s Front Street parkade — you can leave your car overnight for $2 and use the SkyTrain as a shuttle between Surrey and New Westminster.

I am also told there is an announcement planned for 2 p.m., so I’ll update you when I get that info.

Transit appears to be running smoothly. The 4:30 start for SkyTrain went well. Loads are considered light – there’s lots of room at this hour, if people want to head out early.

In Surrey there are a couple of reroutes off 152 and 108 on 104. Plans are also in place to divert buses around heavy traffic (there should already be signs in place on stops that advise customers where to go to catch their bus if the traffic in their area is not moving).

Plus, the de-icer truck and 12-16 ice-cutting trolleys worked well overnight to keep the trolley wires clear. There aren’t any trolley ice troubles at this time — hurray!

And for fun, Rebecca over at Miss604.com has a post about the history of the Pattullo bridge and its namesake, Premier Duff Pattullo.

One more thing — I’ve launched a Twitter account for the Buzzer blog! Currently it’s providing blog updates via Twitterfeed but it may get more active in the future… we’ll see what kind of time and exciting updates I have to offer. I also posted a comment yesterday that you might be interested in — it refers to the status of issuing customer alerts on Twitter. That information crystallized for us last week, so that’s why I’m only reporting on it now.


3 Comments

  • By Kellie, January 21, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    DO YOU KNOW WHICH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY(S) HAVE THE CONTRACT FOR REBUILDING THE BRIDGE?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, January 21, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi Kellie,

    I just made a new post which talks about this, actually. The construction company is Surespan Construction. Surespan had the replacement bridge trestle we will be using, which was a leftover from the Canada Line construction. Also, Buckland and Taylor are the design consultants on the bridge project–they were actually designing a replacement for that trestle even before the fire happened, so they were already intimately familiar with the project requirements and located the Canada Line bridge piece mentioned above.

  • By Eugene Wong, January 23, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    Hi Jhenifer. Thanks for the Twitter update. I’d like to make a suggestion. If I sound harsh or terse, then please don’t think of it that way. It’s just that I’m still waking up, and I don’t want to waste your time. :D

    Regarding topics like Twitter and Miss604, in the future, please post them in seperate blog entries. If I want to find discussions about Twitter, then they might be hard to find, if they are buried under the topics of the Pattulo Bridge or of Miss604. Does that make sense? I’m sure that there a better way of suggesting it.

    Please don’t bother making corrections this time, because I believe that you busy. This suggestion is just for next time.

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