New Westminster/Surrey -FEBRUARY 16 UPDATE – FINALLY ! The NEW Pattullo Bridge will be open by 2023.
Premier John Horgan has announced that the B.C. government is moving forward with the construction of a $1.377-billion bridge to replace the aging Pattullo Bridge.
This will be a four lane bridge that could be expanded to six, but Premier Horgan said studies are showing that four lanes will be sufficient.
With the Province being solely responsible for the bridge, that will free up resources for TransLink to concentrate on other projects including the Broadway Subway to UBC and the Surrey LRT. The Province will take care of the de-construction of the old bridge.
The Pattullo Bridge replacement project will be delivered solely by the Province. The project includes a new Pattullo Bridge that will be located upstream of the existing one, network connections in Surrey and New Westminster, and the removal of the existing bridge. The new Pattullo Bridge will be owned, operated and maintained by the Government of British Columbia.
The new bridge will be four lanes that will be built to modern safety standards, featuring a centre safety median barrier and wider lanes to accommodate both passenger and commercial vehicles. The bridge will also have walking and cycling lanes, separated from traffic, on both sides of the bridge.
There will also be smoother connections on and off the new Pattullo Bridge with new direct road connections between the bridge and East Columbia Street in New Westminster, and a new direct off-ramp from the bridge to westbound Highway 17 in Surrey.
The Province will proceed with the request for qualifications (RFQ) phase of a competitive procurement process later this spring, with start of construction in summer 2019. The bridge will be open to traffic in 2023.
Opening in 1937, the Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Metro Vancouver. The bridge was designed for a 50-year life, which has been exceeded by 30 years.
For more information on the new Patullo Bridge, visit: Engage.Gov.bc.ca/pattullobridge
FEBRUARY 15 ORIGINAL STORY – Global is reporting that a major announcement is expected Friday Morning regarding the Pattullo Bridge replacement.
TransLink oversees the bridge but there are hints that the Province will step in, take over management (not yet known if this would be temporary or permanent) and make a project announcement.
Apparently two Provincial Ministers will make the joint announcement Friday Morning.
Note that during the Throne Speech, the only major transit mention was the Pattullo, and not the Broadway Corridor SkyTrain nor the Surrey LRT Line.