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'A traffic nightmare': Drivers stuck in Oakridge Mall parking lots for hours

Last Updated Oct 20, 2019 at 1:58 pm PDT

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Frustrated listeners began calling in to NEWS 1130 around 3 p.m. to report hours long delays

George is one of many drivers spending his Saturday afternoon unexpectedly stuck in a mall parking lot

The exact cause of the delay is unclear but mall staff say it is due to construction on 41st Avenue

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — George was among many who spent hours on Saturday afternoon stuck in a mall parking lot

He pulled into the Oakridge Cantre parking lot Saturday afternoon, hoping to get in and out quickly. Nearly two hours later he said he had barely moved.

“It appears to be absolute traffic chaos,” he tells NEWS 1130. “It’s taken us an hour and a half just winding our way through the parking garage trying to get out and off the property and we’re nowhere near being off.”

Frustrated listeners began calling in to NEWS 1130 around 3 p.m. to report hours long delays.

“It’s leading to a rather testy attitude of people in the parking lot,” according to George. “Tempers are flaring.”

But George wants staff to do more. He has called security several times.

“We haven’t seen one soul,” he says. “Get people here directing traffic, making people feel a bit better about the whole thing.”

A spokesperson says the issue was due to work being done by the City of Vancouver on 41st Avenue and that delays were resolved by about 5: 30 p.m.

“Once the Oakridge operations team was advised today, we worked to redirect traffic to Cambie. It was an unfortunate scenario and we regret the significant inconvenience.”