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Translink announces Patullo Bridge re-opens tomorrow

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A very good strategy – underpromise and overdeliver. For a system which has very little spare capacity prolonging the closure as a way to incvreaase transit usage – as some have suggested – would have been very unwise indeed. Translink has greatly strengthened its credibility with this speedy return of the bridge to service.

Written by Stephen Rees

January 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Posted in Transportation

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  1. On the news, Surespan Consytruction said that it prioritized the Pattullo project and delayed/halted work on other projects (as far away as the Northwest Territories) and flew in engineers to work on the Pattullo project.

    Ron C.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  2. One thought that hasn’t been mentioned – the span used to repair the Pattullo was one of the bridges that crossed the Canada Line cut-and-cover trench (either at 41st or at King Edward). The press has mentioned that the length was a perfect fit. But no one has mentioned that the width was sufficient for the Pattullo Bridge too. i.e. it was one of the “construction bottlenecks” that Vancouverites complained about because of the reduced number of lanes (across the trench) due to Canada Line construction – yet it’s the same width as one of the principle crossings of the Fraser River.

    Ron C.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

  3. Good article in the Province today about Surespan’s efforts in fixing the bridge. Note that it says the bridge segment was the proper width and just 3 metres too long.

    http://www.theprovince.com/Firm+ingenuity+moves+commuters/1221118/story.html

    Ron C.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  4. But Ron, using it to plug the bridge only requires two lanes each way with no stops. On King Ed (assuming this segment was used for E-W traffic on KE and not N-S on Cambie) it was replacing two regular lanes each way plus turn lanes (with or without turns actually being allowed), and with traffic lights in the middle. Add in a couple of back lanes to complicate things, construction traffic, flaggers, and drivers not expecting or prepared for delays.

    Bill Kinkaid

    January 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm

  5. Good point about turn lanes (that’s a bit like two lanes less than normal)- I suppose much of the complaints would have been about the restrictions on turns.

    Ron C.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm


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