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Pattullo Bridge closed this weekend for repairs

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS1130) – For the second time in the past few weeks, the aging Pattullo Bridge is closed to all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. The 77-year-old span is shut down for repairs.

The New Westminster Business Improvement Association says it’s getting mixed reaction about the shutdown from both people and businesses.

“The City has been fantastic — and TransLink, as well — about letting us know well in advance [and] consulting on which weekends would be less disruptive. That’s helped tremendously,” says Kendra Johnston with the BIA.

She admits some businesses have taken a hit from the lack of traffic, but the majority haven’t complained. She adds there is a silver lining.

“We see much less car traffic, but we may see more pedestrian traffic. It makes it more of a pedestrian-friendly downtown core. There’s really minimal impact to businesses.”

The crossing will re-open on Monday at 3 a.m. The next full closure will the weekend of August 29-September 1.

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