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Pattullo Bridge update – 3:30 p.m.

Pattullo Bridge update – 3:30 p.m.

STATUS OF BRIDGE

  • Demolition of asphalt was completed around very early Tuesday morning and is currently being hauled away. Demolition of the timber structure is starting this afternoon and is expected to be complete by the end of day. Removal of that debris will continue through Wednesday
  • We are mobilizing the bridge contractor for start of construction on Thursday morning.
  • We are working hard to reduce the expected length of time that the bridge will be out of service.

ROAD ADJUSTMENTS

  • Volume was heavy on the highways, peaking earlier and dropping off earlier. Traffic was moving, though there were significant delays, particularly on feeder routes.
  • We note that people are still crossing over into the HOV lane. Police are out and enforcing the HOV rules.
  • We continue to encourage carpooling, and there is capacity available. Check out Jack Bell Ride-Share for more info.
  • We ask that all drivers continue to drive safely, top off your gas and thank you for following the rules of the road
  • We continue to look at providing more options and additional capacity for people moving and transit priority.

TRANSIT ADJUSTMENTS

SKYTRAIN

  • We estimate we had 22% extra capacity this morning. We ran 59 trains ran which is 200 of 210 cars—best we’ve put out
  • Very light from 4:30 to 5:00am
  • 7:00-8:00am saw 400 additional riders at King George.
  • Scott Road was busier. We’ll get some counts. No change at Lougheed. Columbia busier on the Millennium line in both directions, like yesterday.
  • Traffic thru Broadway Station busier but manageable
  • As of 9:00am lots of capacity in both directions
  • Definitely busier today.
  • The temporary ban on bikes will continue. SkyTrain wants to send out a big “thank you” to our SkyTrain cyclists for their patience during the Pattullo Bridge closure. Just a reminder that until we can restore bike service, cyclists can still park their bikes, if they choose to, at many SkyTrain stations and bus loops. For more information on bike racks and bike lockers, please check out the TransLink web site for details. Thanks again cyclists for your help!

CMBC

  • Still significant delays due to vehicular traffic on the 3 Surrey corridors
  • People are trying to get to the Port Mann, Alex Fraser, and Queensborough bridges and the Massey Tunnel
  • Rush started 30 minutes earlier this morning. We saw a modest increase in transit use however the main use is still vehicle
  • Hwy 99 was not backed up as much as yesterday
  • Mary Hill By-Pass flowed well
  • Shuttles were not used on north side for commuting purposes but all shuttles on the Surrey side were used
  • Scott Road traffic volume was a challenge this morning. Additional special buses were added

PARK & RIDE

  • The City of Surrey is making approximately 200 curbside spots available along King George Highway, north of 100th Avenue. Another 80 spots along 110th Avenue at Scott Road Station are also open tomorrow.
  • We have 40 spots available at a city parking lot at 10338 West Whalley Ring Road, near Surrey Central Station.
  • These temporary Park & Ride spots are free during the rebuild of the new bridge section.
  • We continue to investigate other locations for park & ride spots near the Surrey SkyTrain stations

Other

We encourage people to pre-buy their tickets when possible. You can buy tickets at the stations and FareDealer locations around the Lower Mainland.

And remember, you can also check out our Customer Alerts page or the Youtube info stream for more info.