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Pattullo Bridge update at 2:30 p.m.

Pattullo Bridge update at 2:30 p.m.

Here’s the latest as of 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 19:

Status of the Bridge:

  • Met with contractor to deal with asbestos removal of 60 feet of asphalt
  • Creosote and asbestos dealt with by two different companies
  • Equipment for demolition due to arrive this afternoon – it could take up to 48 hours to remove the damaged structure.
  • By tomorrow evening, replacement span design completed – looking at dropping a ready-built span in place, with support structure constructed underneath.
  • Still looking at a four-week window to complete the work, but an update to the schedule will be available within a few days.

Road Adjustments:

  • Counter-flow lane at the Massey Tunnel for the morning commute in 45 minutes earlier
  • HOV Lanes will be maintained
  • Travel time shifts away from the morning and afternoon peak periods are the primary way of alleviating traffic congestion.
  • Municipalities will look at signal timing adjustments to ease the flow of traffic.

Transit Adjustments:

  • SkyTrain
    • Extra trains in service but no significant issues. Staff was on hand to help new customers with the ticket machines.
    • A few people tried to bring bikes on the trains – access to bikes suspended until further notice.
  • CMBC
    • Six shuttles put in service in Surrey for use as needed – Guildford / 108th areas badly congested causing re-routes.
    • Some buses re-routed to King George Station from the Scott Road Station, but this will not be necessary to the same degree tomorrow.
    • Six shuttles available on Columbia, but only one was needed for the morning commute. However, the same number of shuttles will be available for the afternoon commute.
    • 320, 332, 335, 375 are currently on their REGULAR routes.
    • The C71 remains rerouted.
  • TransLink’s Call Centre is opening an hour earlier at 5:30 am
  • Park & Ride expansion possibilities
    • Options are being reviewed to expand the number of Park & Ride spots near the Surrey SkyTrain stations.

We anticipate that more motorists will adjust their travel plans tomorrow, with more opting for transit and/or changing their travel times to avoid congestion on Highways #1 and #99.

Businesses are urged to work with their staff to adjust work times and with customers and suppliers to move deliveries to non-peak periods.

Please be reminded that traffic may be quite congested tomorrow. Travellers need to plan ahead, allow for long commutes, travel outside of peak-periods or not travel at all (if possible).

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