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Pattullo weekend repair closures to be annual event
The final weekend closure of the Pattullo Bridge is over but commuters can expect another round of them next summer.
Bob Moore, bridge operations manager for TransLink, said all deck repairs were completed at midnight on Sunday. The authority responsible for the 76-year-old structure shut down the bridge for three weekends this summer to do repaving and repair problems. It conducted similar closures in 2012.
Moore said when crews pulled up the asphalt and the concrete to look at the rebar it didn’t reveal any surprises.
“It was pretty much as predicted by our consultants. It didn’t vary much from our expectations,” said Moore. “The redoing of the deck is going to be ongoing, but at least we have a knowledge of the rate of deterioration.”
That will also help TransLink to figure out what rehabilitation work is required in the future, which Moore said will “very likely” be an annual occurrence.
“That’s still to be assessed. We’re going to get another report from our consultants for the next month, and that will help us determine what we will do for the next few years,” said Moore.
The information may also be helpful in the process of whether to totally rehabilitate the bridge or replace it. “It will certainly feed into the decision in terms of what we can and can’t do with the existing bridge.”
Along with improving the concrete curb on the east side, crews also made the bridge’s narrow lanes more visible with paint and reflectors as well as replacing missing lane divider poles.