Pattullo Bridge closed for repairs from July 14 to July 17

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      Drivers using the Pattullo Bridge will have to find another way temporarily starting Friday next week.

      The 80-year-old span will be closed for repairs from 9 p.m. on July 14 to 5 a.m. on July 17.

      TransLink, the regional transportation authority that owns and maintains the Pattullo, announced in a media release that repairs will be made on the south side of the bridge.

      “Emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge during this time,” TransLink stated.

      Based on a June 26, 2017 traffic count by TransLink, 82,154 cars crossed the bridge on that day.

      Drivers can use the Alex Fraser Bridge or Port Mann Bridge while repairs are being done between July 14 and July 17.

      TransLink is moving to build a new four-lane Pattullo Bridge. Expected to open in 2023, the new Fraser River span will be north and upstream of the existing bridge.

      According to the transportation authority, $50 million have been spent since 1999 to maintain the bridge.

      Built in 1937, the bridge named after former B.C. premier Thomas Dufferin Pattullo is one of the oldest in Metro Vancouver, connecting Surrey and New Westminster.