Crumbling Pattullo Bridge draws Surrey’s concern
As TransLink begins installing netting on the Pattullo Bridge to prevent concrete from falling off the aging span, a Surrey councillor is demanding more information on the safety concerns. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
Surrey wants more details from TransLink on the risks posed by falling debris from the Pattullo Bridge as the transit provider begins installing nets preventing concrete from crumbling off the aging structure.
Coun. Tom Gill said Thursday he’s tasked city staff to follow up with TransLink on identifying bridge concerns. The 76-year-old crossing is well past its lifespan and extensive reviews have been held on its possible reparation or replacement.
“I was confused because the (TransLink) news release itself wasn’t very descriptive of what the concerns were,” he said.
“The indications are when the structure has pieces of infrastructure falling off, it’s a significant concern.”
As early as last June, TransLink had taken steps to deal with the issue of falling concrete by hiring two contractors to repair the bridge structure.
In July, the transport authority said in its Buzzer publication, the debris, or concrete spalling, isn’t a concern unless standing immediately under the bridge as debris falls.
Earlier this week, TransLink announced the net installation would run through April.
“Netting will be installed below the bridge at six sections: the New Westminster approach above Front and Columbia streets, two sections on the truss structure over the Fraser River, and three sections on the Surrey approach over the SFPR (South Fraser Perimeter Road), side roads and rail tracks,” it said.
Some road closures are expected to accompany the work. TransLink said the repairs, however, wouldn’t address other structural issues such as seismic concerns.
“The bridge remains safe and TransLink continues to actively inspect, monitor and maintain the bridge in a state of good repair.”