Lions Gate Bridge travellers may have had a bumpy ride during last year’s rehabilitation work that required us to use a temporary road plate while replacing a bridge deck joint.
It’s time again to do some more rehab work; but please don’t worry – we have a smooth solution.
In order to avoid traffic delays like the ones that happened last year, we’ve developed a comprehensive “bump-free” plan to keep traffic moving smoothly while we replace the expansion joint on the south tower in early April 2016.
The plan involves installing a temporary bridge cover and two 13-metre approach ramps on either side, which is nearly double the length of the previous approaches. This time, there will be one long transition zone with no steps, versus last year’s series of plates layered on top of each other.
The longer ramps will allow a gradual approach both on and off the temporary cover, ensuring the drive is smooth for everyone – no matter if you’re driving a car, truck, or motorcycle – and without the need to slow down. That’s good news for the approximately 65,000 vehicles crossing the bridge each day.
The cover will span the gap that will be open during the repair, allowing enough space beneath the bridge deck for crews to work safely. The rehab work needs to be done because the expansion joint has exceeded its design life. That means parts of the existing joint must be removed and replaced with new parts.
Crews will install a temporary cover and approach ramps on April 2 and 3, and the bridge repairs will take about eight weeks.
Expect delays crossing the Lions Gate Bridge during the two-day (12-hour) installation period April 2 and 3 (weather dependent). There will be a single-lane closure 9 pm – 10:30 pm on April 2, then single lane alternating traffic from 10:30 pm April 2 to 9 am April 3. It’s a good idea to consider an alternate route during this period.
If you have a question about the new ramp or bridge work, feel free to ask us below.