Get ready for possible lane closures on the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges

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      Last year, the newly minted NDP minority government announced that it would introduce a $5-million cable-collar system to remove ice from the Alex Fraser Bridge cables.

      This was going to be in place by the end of 2017 to reduce the likelihood of ice bombs falling on vehicles.

      But today, the province announced that it may still be necessary to temporarily close lanes on the Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges over the next few days.

      That's because of forecasted snow combined with light winds, which brings the possibility of more windshield-shattering ice bombs.

      "Traffic control personnel will be on site and ready to implement lane closures, if needed, for snow clearing from the cable stays," the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure stated in a news release today.

      when the Alex Fraser Bridge opened to traffic in 1986, it was the world's longest cable-stayed crossing in the world.
      Joe Mabel

      With ICBC's balance sheet being flooded with red ink—in the form of an anticipated $1.3-billion shortfall in this fiscal year—the last thing the Crown insurer needs is more damage claims.

      So if that means a little inconvenience for motorists to avoid horrific TV news reports about ice bombs, it's a small price to pay from the government's perspective.