Pattullo will shut down if safety at risk: TransLink 0
The Pattullo Bridge(24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
TransLink vice-president Bob Paddon said on Wednesday the transit authority may consider shutting down the Pattullo Bridge — or restricting the number of lanes vehicles can drive on — if the aging span deteriorates to the point where safety is a concern.
He said it’s going to cost at least $1 billion for a bridge to replace the aging Pattullo, even as $300 million in spending is planned for short-term fixes.
There have also been no talks, he said, with Victoria on whether the B.C. government has any obligation to fund the new span.
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said temporary repairs only leave behind a structure that would still need to be replaced later.
“I don’t think TransLink has any capability whatsoever to be able to pay for a $1 billion bridge that was a gift from the provincial government back in 1999,” she said.
Several mayors — in attendance at the Metro Vancouver transportation committee Wednesday — suggested shutting down the span altogether without repairs, and leaving the province to decide how it wants to fund the replacement structure.