SURREY, B.C. – B.C. residents will have to wait longer to use the new Pattullo Bridge.
Issues with the Pattullo Bridge replacement project have pushed its opening date back from late 2023 to 2024 B.C. officials announced. Despite these delays, the province says it remains on budget.
The province cited lengthy onsite investigative work and permitting processes stemming from project complexities and the COVID-19 pandemic as the cause of the delay. Officials added the project team is reviewing options to mitigate the delay and have the bridge open as early as possible.
Preliminary in-river work began in February 2021 on the bridge. This work included installing the first piles that will form the foundation for the bridge tower. The in-river work is temporarily paused to protect fish and fish habitat in accordance with Fisheries and Oceans Canada regulations. The project team will continue to monitor the site to evaluate optimal conditions for resuming in-river work when the fish window opens again in summer 2021.
Crews have also been conducting geotechnical investigations, finalizing project designs and consultation to secure permits and authorizations. Site preparations are underway, and crews are bringing supplies and equipment to the site on the Surrey side of the Fraser River. Crews are expected to begin installation of the on-land bridge foundations in New Westminster and Surrey later this spring. The old bridge will be dismantled only when the new bridge is operational.
The province stated that despite delays, the $1.377-billion project remains on budget.
The new bridge will be four wide lanes with the option to expand to six. It will also feature walking and cycling paths.
The Pattullo Bridge replacement project is one of the province’s first to be delivered under the province’s . The project will be funded and owned by the province and is being delivered by the Transportation Investment Corporation.