Starting April 29, and continuing until October 3, the Pattullo Bridge deck will be under rehab construction to keep the roadway safe. Only two lanes will be open during the five months of work. You can still use the bridge, but obviously this will impact your travel times and your trip planning around the lower mainland.
We’ve gathered some information from TransLink (they operate the Pattullo) and provided some suggestions so you’re better prepared.
How This Impacts Your Travel
- The first weekend: The bridge will close from the Friday night (April 29, 8pm) to the Monday morning (May 2, 5am) to let crews set up for construction work.
- From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will stay open with one lane in each direction.
- Additional overnight closures will occur on Thursday, May 12, Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19
- The last weekend: Pattullo will close from the September 30th evening (8pm) to the October 3rd morning (5am) to remove equipment.
- Regular truck traffic will continue over the bridge during rehabilitation however, the current restrictions for trucks will remain in place on the Pattullo Bridge throughout the repair work: 1. No oversize/overweight vehicles. 2. No vehicles with a gross weight over 64,000 kg.
- The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month (TransLink will let us all know when these dates will be as soon as they’re confirmed)
- Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, even during evening and weekend closures.
- Keep in mind that even minor vehicle incidents on the bridge will cause significant delays and potentially a full bridge closure.
How to Keep Informed
When planning your trip, you’ve got access to a lot of information to make sure you’re in the loop, including:
- Webcams – The Pattullo Bridge, and alternate routes Port Mann Bridge and Alex Fraser Bridge, all have highway webcams so you can have a timely view of traffic.
- DriveBC – a great resource for timely message signs with estimated travel times, traffic incidents, weather forecasts, current and planned construction on various routes and all those webcams. On Twitter? DriveBC is tweeting estimated morning westbound and afternoon eastbound delay times for Pattullo Bridge, Port Mann Bridge, Alex Fraser Bridge and George Massey Tunnel. Refer to the table below to view map coordinates and estimated travel times.
|Location||Morning Westbound||Afternoon Eastbound|
|Pattullo Bridge||View Map||View Map|
|Alex Fraser Bridge||View Map||View Map|
|Port Mann Bridge||View Map||View Map|
|George Massey Tunnel||View Map||View Map|
- TransLink – has set up a website to keep you up-to-date with additional information and travel resources.
Your Travel Alternatives
- Use other crossings – there are two other good options, Port Mann Bridge and Alex Fraser Bridge
- Travel outside of peak periods – if you can travel outside the morning and afternoon commutes, it might save you some time
- Take transit – Seven additional parking locations near New Westminster Station, Scott Road Station and Surrey Central Station have been identified, in addition to existing Park and Ride lots, to make it easier for drivers to connect to transit. To find them, go to Translink’s website and click on the TRAVEL TOOLS tab. On the PARKING LOCATIONS map, the yellow pins are the additional parking locations while the others are pre-existing. Additional service hours have also been added to the 101, 104, 128, 155, 340 and the 410 bus routes.
- Start a carpool – make some friends.
- Get on your bike – as mentioned, the Pattullo Bridge will be fully open to cyclists during construction.
Please plan ahead and give yourself some extra time, no matter which route you take.
If you have any questions about the project, or about the plans for replacing the Pattullo Bridge, please connect to TransLink.