Northbound Pattullo Bridge to close for two nights

The Pattullo Bridge will be closed to northbound traffic over two nights this weekend, as part of ongoing replacement project work.

The crossing will be shut to traffic heading north on May 17 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., as well as May 18 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Pedestrians, cyclists, and first responders will continue to be able to use the bridge during those times.

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TransLink says the closures are necessary as crews will be lifting steel girders between foundations near the existing Pattullo Bridge in Surrey.

Signage will be up to indicate closures and changes, with TransLink saying staff will also be on-site to help direct traffic.

Drivers can take the Port Mann or Alex Fraser bridges as alternate routes during the aforementioned times. TransLink says the N19 NightBus heading north will be rerouted over those bridges between Scott Road and New Westminster stations, while southbound N19 buses will be unaffected.

Construction on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project.
Construction on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. (Courtesy B.C. Ministry of Transportation)

People are being told to plan for an additional 30 minutes of travel time during those overnight hours.

The Pattullo Bridge is being replaced by a new four-lane, toll-free bridge, which the province says will include “improvements,” such as wider lanes, dedicated walking and cycling lanes, and “better connection to, from, and near the bridge.”

The new bridge is scheduled to open later this year, the province adds.

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