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Pattullo Bridge lane closures set for parts of July and August

As work continues secure all approvals for the Pattullo Bridge replacement project, some closures for construction are coming soon.
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As work continues secure all approvals for the Pattullo Bridge replacement project, some closures for construction are coming soon.

According to TransLink, transit riders are being warned about two sets of bridge closures.

 The Pattullo Bridge. File photoThe Pattullo Bridge replacement project was the lone infrastructure project to be singled out by the B.C. NDP government in Tuessday’s throne speech. File photo

The first closures are southbound lanes from July 28-29, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The second closures are southbound lanes from July 20 to Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Detours for bus route N19 will be in effect.

It’s unclear if this construction is for the replacement project or if it’s construction to maintain the aging bridge structure until the new bridge is completed.

The province has proposed a four-lane bridge to replace the existing Pattullo Bridge. The new bridge would cross the Fraser River and be constructed about 100 metres upstream of, and roughly parallel to, the existing bridge location that connects the two cities.

The new bridge will feature dedicated pedestrian and cyclist lanes separated from traffic by a barrier on both sides of the bridge. It is expected to open in 2023.

The province estimates construction of the new bridge and demolition of the old bridge will create 3,935 person years of direct employment in B.C. over five years of construction, with $1.1 billion in project expenditures, contributing $353 million to B.C.'s gross domestic product.