How to Prepare for the Upcoming Pattullo Bridge Construction

Pattullo-Bridge
Photo courtesy of TransLink

Starting April 29, and continuing until October 3, the Pattullo Bridge deck will be under rehab construction to keep the roadway safe. Only two lanes will be open during the five months of work. You can still use the bridge, but obviously this will impact your travel times and your trip planning around the lower mainland.

We’ve gathered some information from TransLink (they operate the Pattullo) and provided some suggestions so you’re better prepared.

How This Impacts Your Travel

  • The first weekend: The bridge will close from the Friday night (April 29, 8pm) to the Monday morning (May 2, 5am) to let crews set up for construction work.
  • From May 2 to Sept. 30, the bridge will stay open with one lane in each direction.
  • Additional overnight closures will occur on Thursday, May 12, Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19
  • The last weekend: Pattullo will close from the September 30th evening (8pm) to the October 3rd morning (5am) to remove equipment.
  • Regular truck traffic will continue over the bridge during rehabilitation however, the current restrictions for trucks will remain in place on the Pattullo Bridge throughout the repair work: 1. No oversize/overweight vehicles. 2. No vehicles with a gross weight over 64,000 kg.
  • The bridge will be closed to all traffic two nights a week and one weekend a month (TransLink will let us all know when these dates will be as soon as they’re confirmed)
  • Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge, even during evening and weekend closures.
  • Keep in mind that even minor vehicle incidents on the bridge will cause significant delays and potentially a full bridge closure.
PM Patullo snip
Remember to check webcams for the Patullo, Port Mann and Alex Fraser Bridges.

How to Keep Informed

When planning your trip, you’ve got access to a lot of information to make sure you’re in the loop, including:

  • Webcams – The Pattullo Bridge, and alternate routes Port Mann Bridge and Alex Fraser Bridge, all have highway webcams so you can have a timely view of traffic.
  • DriveBC – a great resource for timely message signs with estimated travel times, traffic incidents, weather forecasts, current and planned construction on various routes and all those webcams. On Twitter? DriveBC is tweeting estimated morning westbound and afternoon eastbound delay times for Pattullo Bridge, Port Mann Bridge, Alex Fraser Bridge and George Massey Tunnel. Refer to the table below to view map coordinates and estimated travel times.
Location Morning Westbound Afternoon Eastbound
Pattullo Bridge View Map View Map
Alex Fraser Bridge View Map View Map
Port Mann Bridge View Map View Map
George Massey Tunnel View Map View Map
  • TransLink – has set up a website to keep you up-to-date with additional information and travel resources.

Your Travel Alternatives

  • Use other crossings – there are two other good options, Port Mann Bridge and Alex Fraser Bridge
  • Travel outside of peak periods – if you can travel outside the morning and afternoon commutes, it might save you some time
  • Take transit – Seven additional parking locations near New Westminster Station, Scott Road Station and Surrey Central Station have been identified, in addition to existing Park and Ride lots, to make it easier for drivers to connect to transit. To find them, go to Translink’s website and click on the TRAVEL TOOLS tab. On the PARKING LOCATIONS map, the yellow pins are the additional parking locations while the others are pre-existing. Additional service hours have also been added to the 101, 104, 128, 155, 340 and the 410 bus routes.
  • Start a carpool – make some friends.
  • Get on your bike – as mentioned, the Pattullo Bridge will be fully open to cyclists during construction.

Please plan ahead and give yourself some extra time, no matter which route you take.

If you have any questions about the project, or about the plans for replacing the Pattullo Bridge, please connect to TransLink.

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  1. Definitely agree with the other posters regarding truck traffic on the bridge. During the Olympics, when truck traffic to downtown was restricted to the overnight hours, there was little to no truck traffic on the Patullo Bridge, and traffic flowed beautifully. Reducing the weight and vibration from those large diesel-powered vehicles would also help to reduce the strain on the existing structure, freeing some of the dollars currently spent on maintenance to be used toward the construction of the replacement structure.
    But there don’t just need to be higher-volume crossings of the Fraser River, there also need to be MORE of them. Maybe it’s time to send some of those research dollars in the direction of determining additional sites for river crossings. Start by taking a look at all the small communities that once had the words “Landing” or “Crossing” in their name. Almost all of those once were the site of ferries similar to the now-defunct Albion Ferry.

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    • Hi Jen,
      Translink has identified various places to park. They’ve set up a website that should help you. Go to: http://www.translink.ca/pattullorehab and click on the TRAVEL TOOLS tab.
      On the PARKING LOCATIONS map, the yellow pins are the additional parking locations that were identified. The others are pre-existing.

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  2. I’m in agreement with the above two commentors that heavy trucks should be taken off the Pattullo Bridge. It IS an old bridge that Translink continues to throw money at for no real good reason and the netting on the north side approach is hilarious. Yeah, let’s ban the heavy trucks…5,000Kg and up to be precise. They can’t seem to stay in a lane either especially semis, a drawback of the narrow lanes or driver ineptitude is up for debate.

    I don’t know how many of these professional drivers I’ve seen whip up the right lane on McBride on the New West side to go as far as they can and cut others off, goes for a lot of right lane bandits in any event, if you must cut others off…expect karma is all I’m saying and no, your not more important that those who have been patiently waiting in the left lane because of people that seem to think last moment cutting in is the right thing to do. TO be honest, being from another Province, the lack of basic road rules and courtesy that goes on here…no wonder ICBC rates are sky high.

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  3. Why the hell would allow trucks on the bridge when traffic is reduced to single lanes. Its already a bottle neck with trucks. Traffic will now plug up all of New West including 6th, 8th, 10, and Royal.

    Move trucks to Port Mann and remove Port Mann tolls!

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    • Agreed. Wanna make it safer? Ban trucks. Then these yearly road repair shutdowns won’t be required. Save the $$ for the replacement bridge. It’s like Translink just loves to waste money on unnecessary crap.

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      • To quote one of your previous responses:

        “As mentioned in this TransLink news release, due to narrow lane widths and opposing traffic flows during construction, heavy trucks (three or more axles) will be prohibited from using the bridge at all times. Regular truck traffic will continue over the bridge during rehabilitation however, the current restrictions for trucks will remain in place on the Pattullo Bridge throughout the repair work:

        1. No oversize/overweight vehicles.
        2. No vehicles with a gross weight over 64,000 kg”

        My question is, Who will enforce these restrictions? What happens if semi-trucks (3+ axles) are still lined up to drive over the bridge regardless? Will there be appropriate signage stating the axle restrictions because I have yet to see any anywhere but online.

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        • Hi Lindsay,

          Thanks for your question. We have checked with TransLink and they have confirmed that, while there are no signs posted on the roadway highlighting restrictions around oversize and overweight vehicles, restriction details are included in the CVSE guidelines stipulating no oversize or overweight loads/vehicles are allowed on Pattullo. In other words, heavy trucks (three or more axles) were not allowed to use the Pattullo Bridge before rehabilitation and those same regulations apply during the rehabilitation work currently underway.

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    • I am in total agreement. I take the Pattullo in the morning and the Port Mann going home as there is no difference in time in the morning. The freeway is bottlenecked. I can’t change my hours either. Just another cash grab to make us pay tolls both ways. This impacts me greatly as I often stay and work a couple of hours and usually go swimming at Guilford 3 nights a week after work….guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet on this one as a monthly bus pass is more than one month of tolls two ways….

      I would like to see all bridges tolled in the mainland but at a reasonable toll of $1.00, this way it makes it fair for everyone.

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      • Hi Kaayla
        Thanks for your comments and sorry for your frustrations. We’ll be sharing information to media and through DriveBC to keep drivers informed of estimated travel times on the Pattullo and alternate routes (Port Mann and Alex Fraser), and sharing the webcams, during Translink’s construction so decisions can be made on what route works best for them during peak hours. The bridge repairs are necessary and this plan is the least impactful to drivers at this time.

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