VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You won’t be able to drive over the Pattullo Bridge for most of this weekend because it’s undergoing major repairs because crews need time to patch up some big potholes on the bridge deck.
The ongoing repairs are needed to ensure the bridge is safe to drive over, explains Jennifer Morland with TransLink.
She says they do inspections every other week and you can expect more closures like this. “More rehabilitation work will actually be starting towards the middle of next year and that’s going to be done to make some repairs to the bridge deck.”
“There were weekend closures dating back to 2012. We didn’t do those kinds of closures this summer, so that’s why we’re doing the work this weekend.”
New Westminster City Councillor Chuck Puchmayr understands this has to be done, but he has a bigger concern. “The seismic integrity of that bridge. The fact that there is going to be such a delay before the new four-lane tolled Pattullo Bridge is built — to me, the greater concerns are the long-term effects.”
TransLink has said it will carry on with these minor repairs but won’t follow through with a $100-million seismic upgrade, saying it doesn’t make financial sense with a new bridge being planned.
These latest repairs are costing $150,000.
If everything goes according to plan, the bridge is expected to be re-opened by noon on Sunday.