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Pattullo Bridge repaving work starts Sun May 31: means evening and weekend closures

A very important alert for all our customers who use the Pattullo Bridge.

Repaving work will start on Sun May 31, which means the bridge will be closed during weeknights (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and weekends (8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday). Barring weather delays, the work is expected to take two to three weeks.

Please be aware that when the bridge is open during weekdays, some parts of the deck will be rougher than others. A 30 km/h speed limit will be in place at all times until the work is complete.

As well, the N19 Surrey Central/Downtown NightBus, the only one of two routes currently using the Pattullo Bridge, will be re-routed from New Westminster Station via the Port Mann Bridge, 152nd St., 108th Ave. and the King George Highway to Scott Road Station before resuming its regular route. (Final arrangements for the 321 route have not yet been figured out — I’ll keep you posted.)

If you ride this bus, please expect an extra 10 minutes’ travel time in each direction. SkyTrain will run regular evening and weekend service, with additional cars available to meet extra demand if needed.

It really sucks to close the bridge like this, but the repaving work is important and we need to get it done! Here’s some more detail on why the repaving is needed from the official press release:

Work will begin May 31 to repave the Pattullo Bridge. Over the past three years, TransLink has done extensive maintenance work on the 72-year-old structure, including repainting and foundation scour protection (to prevent the piers’ being eroded by the Fraser River), and now the deck will be repaved. Removing and replacing the asphalt will make the road surface smoother and will allow the condition of the underlying concrete bridge deck to be assessed.

“It’s vital to keep the Pattullo Bridge in as good condition as possible while we plan, design and build the new crossing over the next several years,” says TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast. “We did get an inadvertent ‘head start’ during the emergency closure in January, and now it’s time to finish the job.” Following the fire, which destroyed the timber support structure in January, approximately 20 per cent of the paving work was done while the new span was put in place.

The bridge was paved in the 1980s using asbestos-modified asphalt which must be removed carefully. To complete the work as safely and quickly as possible, the bridge will be closed to all traffic while the work is underway. The closures will take place weeknights (8pm – 5am) and weekends (8pm Friday – 5am Monday). Barring possible weather delays, the work is expected to take two to three weeks. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists should plan alternate routes, such as Port Mann Bridge or Alex Fraser/Queensborough Bridges, for night time and weekend travel.

The work has been scheduled for the early part of June to make use of a “window” when traffic is generally reduced over the bridge. Most post-secondary institutions have finished classes, and the “summer driving season” has not yet begun. It’s also the time of year that is most likely to be dry and not very hot – two conditions necessary for this work. While approaches to the bridges will be closed, there will be access to businesses on the south side of the bridge.


13 Comments

  • By CJ Stebbing, May 25, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Jhenifer:

    You forgot to mention that the 321 travels on the patullo as well, but it only travels on the weekend morning. Just thought u should be aware of that.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 25, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    Hmmm… I’m told that the N19 is the only bus that uses the Pattullo. The 321 route diagram doesn’t seem to indicate it crosses the Pattullo Bridge.

  • By Eugene Wong, May 25, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    @Jhenifer

    The PDF schedule says that it goes to & from New Westminster Station. You’d have to read the foot notes on page 5 & 6 of the PDF. Is the PDF out of date?

    By the way, the lovely young lady with the nylons & the bike helmet, on the front page of the site, looks pretty. Is she you?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 25, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    Just got word from CMBC planning and I should know better than to question you guys on the routes :) Yes, the 321 crosses the Pattullo and will be affected too. We’re still waiting to hear the final arrangements for the route though. I’ll keep you posted!

    (PS: Eugene, yes that is me in the bike photo on the TransLink homepage :P Our marketing dept often uses TransLink employees for photos!)

  • By CJ Stebbing, May 25, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    :o u thought I was wrong?! Jhenifer!

    Lol….jkjk.

    Do they use regular people for Translink photos???

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 25, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    Well, TransLink staff are regular people too, so that’s why we often get used in photos :)

  • By CJ Stebbing, May 25, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    I mean people that don’t work for translink….lol

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 28, 2009 @ 9:38 am

    Hey! I’ve got info about the 321 now.

    Basically, the 321 duplicates the SkyTrain route from New West to Surrey during the early morning when SkyTrain isn’t running.

    But to accommodate the Pattullo closure, SkyTrain will now run earlier and pick up those 321 passengers. Here’s the full details from SkyTrain:

    SkyTrain service will start early on Sunday, June 7th, to accommodate early passengers during the planned Pattullo Bridge closure that weekend.

    The bridge closure for paving means that two early morning trips on the #321 bus, normally running from Surrey to New Westminster (departing Surrey Central Station at 6:33 and 6:50am), will have to terminate at Scott Road Station. They will also not be able to make the usual 6:56am and 7:18am departures from New Westminster to Surrey.

    On this date, SkyTrain will start approximately 30 minutes earlier than regular Sunday schedule. First train will leave King George at 6:36am (32 minutes earlier than normal), and every 8 minutes thereafter (6:44, 6:52, 7:00, 7:08, etc.). Eastbound service will also start earlier, with the first train from New Westminster to Surrey at 6:52am, and every 8 minutes. Trains will also start earlier from Waterfront (approximately 7:20am), and on the Millennium Line from Lougheed (6:41am in both directions).

    The earlier start will also benefit earlybirds and volunteers going to the Rio Tino Alcan Dragon Boat festival in False Creek, convenient to Main Street station.

    In the event that a second weekend closure is required (June 14th), SkyTrain service would also be advanced on that date. Service end times will be unchanged on all days, since the N19 NightBus schedule can accommodate a diversion via the Port Mann Bridge. Throughout the Pattullo Bridge closures SkyTrain will monitor passenger loading, and increase service where and when required.

  • By Dr Yogi Surrey, May 29, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    It is not mentioned for how long (start date and end date) the closure would remain in force on the Pattulo Bride ?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 29, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    It’s at the end of the second paragraph: “Barring weather delays, the work is expected to take two to three weeks.” I don’t think the time is set in stone since the weather can be unpredictable!

  • By hawkeye, May 29, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

    To the geniuses at Translink I submit this question. At what time on May 31 will the Pattullo Bridge close?

  • By sunny, May 30, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

    on the weekends for the duration of the repaving work the sky train should have begin its run @ 5am to accomdate people who start work early.

  • By Donna, May 31, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    Hi Jhenifer,

    I haven’t found the answer to hawkeye’s question regarding the time on May 31 that the Pattullo Bridge will close. I would like to travel over to New West at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning (May 31). Will the closure be in effect then? Thanks.

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