SURREY (NEWS1130) – You’ll need to find a different route in and out of Surrey this weekend if you usually take the Pattullo Bridge.
The bridge is closed until 3 a.m. Monday as crews will be re-paving parts of the deck and repairing some of the corroded guard rails.
TransLink’s Derek Zabel says they hope the construction can extend the life of the bridge as it sees increased traffic this fall.
“It’s 75 years old, so there’s a lot of damage in certain areas to the asphalt pavement at the south end and that’s become a bit of a safety concern for us,” Zabel explains.
He adds they booked this weekend for repairs months ago based on weather and traffic patterns.
“We’re ramping up to the September crunch when people start heading back to work and school, we want to make sure this is all fixed up before then.”
The new tolls on the Port Mann and the South Fraser Perimeter Road project are both expected to increase traffic across the Pattullo.
As for the long-term future of the bridge that was only designed to last 50 years, that’s still up in the air as more upgrades and expansion are still being debated.