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Heads up: SkyBridge closed for morning of Sunday, Nov 18, 2012

The SkyTrain crosses the SkyBridge from New Westminster to Surrey.

Heads up! As mentioned in the November 2012 Buzzer, SkyBridge will be closed for maintenance from start of service until early afternoon 9:30 am on Sunday, November 18, 2012,.

SkyBridge connects Columbia Station in New Westminster with Scott Road Station in Surrey, so please plan for 10-15 minutes extra travel time to go between theses stations! During repairs, we’ll provide shuttle buses between these stations instead. Impact to the rest of the system will be very minimal.

What’s being repaired? Well, the work is taking SkyBridge to new heights. Crews will use a hydraulic jack to lift the SkyTrain track structure­—which weighs about the same as 180 vehicles—about one to 1.5cm above the columns so they can replace two bearings.

Bearings transfer weight and movement between the track and the columns beneath it. The bearings are original to SkyBridge (installed in 1992) and need to be replaced. Each new bearing is 3×3 feet in diameter and weighs about 300 pounds!

Here’s a few photos of the bearings below! Click each photo for larger versions.


4 Comments

  • By Trevor, November 16, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Early afternoon? The service alerts in the stations say 10:30am. Sure hope it’s finished by 10:30 at the latest and goes smoothly since ALOT of people will be needing Skytrain to be functioning well to get to the BC Lions game at 1:30 (kickoff). Not the wisest planning IMO.

  • By Stefan, November 16, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    1992? The SkyBridge opened in 1990, when the SkyTrain was extended from Columbia to Scott Road…

  • By Jennifer Siddon aka @SkyTrainLady, November 17, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Thank you for the post Jhen. Just to clarify, the closure is from start of service (first train from King George at 6:50 a.m.) until about 9:30 a.m. (not afternoon). During preparations for the project, crews were able to reduce the time needed to complete the maintenance work.

  • By Jennifer Siddon aka @SkyTrainLady, November 18, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    SkyBridge maintenance work was completed about one hour ahead of schedule. SkyTrain resumed regular service over SkyBridge by about 8:30 a.m. Thanks to Coast Mountain Bus Company for providing shuttle bus service between Scott Road and Columbia stations during SkyBridge maintenance work.

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