Lions Gate Bridge to undergo overnight closures during counterflow traffic system upgrades

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      Those who commute between Vancouver and the North Shore have some good news on the way when it comes to traffic—although there’s a bit of a wait.

      B.C. is upgrading the current counterflow system to improve traffic for the 60,000 drivers that travel on the three-lane Lions Gate Bridge between Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore.

      The counterflow system, which helps to reduce traffic congestion travel time during peak periods, was introduced in 1994 and has undergone several upgrades, including a major rehabilitation in 2002.

      Paladin Technologies has signed a $4.7-million contract with the B.C. government for the new system upgrade.

      Replacements of major components, including field infrastructure supporting traffic control devices, will ensure reliability during longterm usage.

      In addition, signal heads above travel lanes on the Stanley Park Causeway and the Lions Gate Bridge will be replaced with LED lane-control signals.

      However, there will be overnight lane closures for the duration of the project, which begins in mid-June and is expected to continue until mid-November.

      Lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Sundays to Thursdays, with scheduled adjustments as the work progresses.

      Closure details will be listed at the Drive B.C. website.