Some frequently asked questions the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project are below.
The Pattullo Bridge opened more than 80 years ago, in 1937, and does not meet modern design standards. Traffic lanes are too narrow and the bridge requires lane closures at night for safety. The current bridge has one narrow sidewalk with no protection from traffic. A new bridge is needed to maintain this critical link between New Westminster and Surrey.
- The new bridge will be located just upstream and northeast of the existing bridge.
- It will optimize the use of the existing road network and travel patterns by connecting to King George Boulevard in Surrey and McBride Boulevard in New Westminster. Click to view map of both locations.
- The new four-lane, toll-free bridge will improve safety and reliability for drivers, cyclists and walkers, as well as goods movement.
- It will have modern, wider lanes, separated by a centre median barrier that will improve safety and ease of travel on this corridor.
- Wider walking and cycling paths on both sides of the bridge will be separated from traffic by a barrier, and there will be viewing platforms on each side of the bridge for walkers and cyclists.
- The Mayors’ Council approved a four-lane bridge designed not to preclude a potential future expansion to six lanes.
- The Province will monitor the new bridge’s traffic performance and will consult with the municipalities and the Mayors’ Council to develop an appropriate response to the bridge’s traffic performance.
- Expansion to six lanes would be put into place only after consultation among the Province, Indigenous groups, the cities of New Westminster and Surrey and the Mayors’ Council.
- If the bridge were to be expanded, the walking and cycling lanes would become vehicle lanes, and new walking and cycling paths would be added to the outside of the bridge, cantilevered from the existing structure.
- The cables on the new bridge will not cross over any travelling lanes, which will help mitigate the risk of snow and ice issues on the new bridge.
- In addition, the bridge design includes a de-icing system that is similar to the one on the Port Mann Bridge.
- Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure staff will monitor the bridge closely and in the event of an issue with ice, the new bridge will have the technology to remove it.
- The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project will be delivered under the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) is responsible for implementing the CBA for the project and will be the employer for workers on the project.
- BCIB is actively recruiting. With a focus on local hiring, BCIB gives British Columbians access to work opportunities in their communities.
- Indigenous peoples, women and other traditionally underrepresented groups receive priority access to employment and training opportunities at BCIB.
- Through BCIB, this project will grow and mobilize a safe, diverse and skilled workforce and increase opportunities for apprenticeships.
- To apply for work or to learn more about BCIB, please visit www.bcib.ca
- Replacement options for the aging Pattullo Bridge have undergone broad and extensive review, and there have been multiple opportunities for public input.
- Since 2013, there were three rounds of public engagement led by TransLink. Results of these engagements can be found here on the TransLink project page.
- There were also three public comments periods held through the environmental assessment process. More information about the environmental assessment process can be found on the EAO’s website.
- The Project team continues to engage with the public and stakeholders through a construction communications and engagement program.
- In New Westminster, the bridge will continue to connect directly to and from McBride Boulevard and Royal Avenue.
- A new direct off-ramp will connect northbound bridge traffic to East Columbia Street, and a new on-ramp from East Columbia Street will be open all the time, enabling 24-hour access for southbound bridge traffic. These new connections will reduce the reliance on local streets to access the bridge.
- Aerial renderings of the connections can be found here.
- New high-quality walking and cycling paths connecting to the bridge will provide safe and convenient transportation options, and will connect to the BC Parkway and Central Valley Greenway, as well as the future Agnes Street Greenway.
- Improved walking and cycling connections also will facilitate better east-west travel across the city, improving the connection between the Victoria Hill neighbourhood and downtown New Westminster.
- Aerial renderings of the walking and cycling connections can be found here.
- The Project is working closely with the City of New Westminster to make the intersection of East Columbia Street and McBride Boulevard safer for walkers, cyclists and drivers, including improving sightlines and sight distances to the crosswalk and multi-use paths, and improving intersection operations.
- In Surrey, the bridge will continue to connect directly to King George Boulevard, and a new off ramp will connect the bridge to westbound Highway 17.
- Highway 17 will be grade-separated over Old Yale Road.
- Aerial renderings can be found here.
- New high-quality walking and cycling paths connecting to the bridge will provide safe and convenient transportation options, and will connect to the BC Parkway as well as the existing Scott Greenway and Highway 17 bike lanes, and the new Bridge Road multi-use path.
- Aerial renderings of the walking and cycling connections can be found here.
- Vehicles from Highway 17 will continue to access the bridge both by Bridgeview Drive and Tannery Road. Click to see the vehicle access to the bridge.
- Improvements to the intersection at King George Boulevard and Bridgeview Drive will facilitate an easier connection from Highway 17 to the new bridge.
- Highway 17 will be grade-separated over Old Yale Road, providing uninterrupted traffic flow along Highway 17. Click here to see the connections in Surrey.
- The Scott Greenway on the west side of old Yale Road will be maintained for pedestrian and cycling access to and from Brownsville Bar Park, the waterfront and to the new Bridge Road multi-use path.
- Bridge Road will be widened to become a two-way road.
- This change will improve the connection for westbound vehicles from Bridge Road to Old Yale Road.
- A new multi-use path will provide dedicated space for pedestrians and cyclists, and will connect to the Scott Greenway and the bridge. Click here to see the multi-use path on Bridge Road.
Construction / Traffic
- The piles for bridge foundation construction have been fabricated, and subject to final permitting, in-river work on the bridge tower foundation will start in February. This work will include intermittent pile driving.
- In-river pile driving will not take place from March to mid-June, in accordance with anticipated Fisheries and Oceans Canada requirements, to minimize impact to fish and fish habitat.
- Other construction activities in 2021 include site preparation, utility relocations and construction of the on-land bridge foundations in New Westminster and Surrey. Additional in-river construction will resume this summer.
- The existing bridge will continue operating until the new one is open, after which the existing bridge will be removed.
- Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout construction; however, in some instances there may be temporary disruptions which will be communicated in advance.
- Some closures of Front Street will be required during bridge construction and removal of the existing bridge; this page will be updated with further information on timing and duration of these closures.
- The Project team will communicate traffic pattern changes through regular updates to the Project website, emailed traffic bulletins, road signage for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and traffic media.
- The new bridge is scheduled to open in fall 2023.
- The existing bridge will remain in use until the new bridge is open to traffic. Once the new bridge is open, the existing bridge will be removed.