Surrey/New Westminster – The replacement of the aging Pattullo Bridge took another step forward and the Surrey Board of Trade couldn’t be happier.
In their media statement:
The Surrey Board of Trade is very pleased with today’s announcement from the BC Government that a request for qualifications (RFQ) has been released to identify a contractor to design, build and finance a new Pattullo Bridge.
“However, the Surrey Board of Trade asks the BC Government to re-consider an opening of 4-lanes to 6 lanes to accommodate certain population growth in the region,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We must prepare for the transportation infrastructure needs for our economic future. And that will come sooner than most people anticipate. It always does. ”
The re-build of the Pattullo Bridge by the BC Government for an estimated construction cost of $1.377-billion bridge to replace the aging Pattullo Bridge has been a long-awaited infrastructure ask by the Surrey Board of Trade.
When businesses are not impeded by constant upgrades, repaving, and traffic congestion, they can grow. Wider lanes with a median barrier will not only ease the flow of traffic but reduce the collision rates on the bridge.
“The Surrey Board of Trade will continue to support the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in ensuring that the construction of a new bridge aligns with the needs of businesses and provides an avenue to grow the city’s economy.”
As part of a competitive procurement process, the RFQ is an invitation for bidders to submit their qualifications. The RFQ will close in September 2018. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will select up to three respondent teams to participate in the next phase of the competitive selection process, which is the request for proposal stage.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019. The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic in 2023. Once the new bridge is open, the existing Pattullo Bridge will be removed.
The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project will be delivered, owned and operated by the Government of British Columbia.