Overnight lane closures are coming to Pattullo Bridge starting Friday.The Pattullo Bridge replacement project has announced that crews will begin work in late June to rehabilitate the Royal Avenue overpass as part of the project.“The first stage of work will be completed from the bridge connector roadway under the overpass, and will require up to four overnight closures of the Pattullo Bridge in the northbound direction, as well as a closure of the bridge connector in New Westminster,” said a news release.The northbound lane of the Pattullo Bridge (heading toward New Westminster) and all lanes on the bridge connector will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 24 until 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.
Three to four additional closures of the northbound lane of the bridge and all lanes on the bridge connector (from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.) will take place on to-be-determined dates. Those dates will be communicated in advance through on-road signage and traffic media advisories.
“Pattullo Bridge users going to New Westminster are encouraged to take the Port Mann or Alex Fraser bridges during the northbound lane closures,” said a notice from the Pattullo Bridge replacement project team. “Northbound N19 NightBus trips will be rerouted over the Queensborough and Alex Fraser bridges, and affected customers should plan for an additional 30 minutes of travel time.”According to the notice, TransLink’s single lane closure for southbound traffic on the Pattullo Bridge will remain in effect, but one southbound lane will remain open. Motorists coming from McBride Boulevard will be detoured to use the Columbia Street on-ramp; the Royal Avenue on-ramp will remain open.
The new bridge, scheduled to open in 2024, will have four wider travel lanes for vehicles, with the potential to expand to six lanes in the future if required. It will also have pedestrian and cyclist lanes that are separated from traffic.
Earlier this month, the project team stated that construction for the bridge foundations and approach structures in Surrey is well underway and will continue through 2022. Fraser Crossing Partners has completed pile driving for the bridge foundation adjacent to 112 Avenue in Surrey and is shifting its pile driving activities to the new Highway 17 off-ramp foundation.
The work will require a northbound slow-lane closure on the Pattullo Bridge approach during piling because of the proximity of the foundation to the existing bridge and roadway.
“To minimize traffic impacts, the northbound lane reduction will take place on some weekends and weeknights starting the week of June 13 and continuing into early July, during active piling work,” said a notice about the pile driving taking place in Surrey. “All traffic pattern changes will be well-signed, and changeable message signs will be provided at key locations to enable drivers to plan alternate routes in advance.”
More information about the project can be found at www.pattullobridgereplacement.ca.