Patullo could re-open in two weeks
January 21, 2009
Local Permanent Structure to Replace Pattullo Bridge Wooden Trestle Found, Pile Driving to Begin Thursday
A structure that was used to bridge over an excavated station location during Canada Line construction, has been sourced as the replacement piece for the burned wooden trestle at the Pattullo Bridge.The bridge is an existing steel/concrete composite structure that will span the 60 ft gap left after the old timbers was dismantled and removed yesterday. It was located in the Langley, British Columbia yard of Surespan Construction by TransLink design consultants Buckland and Taylor.
In just two days, a turn-key agreement with Surespan was reached on the supply of all materials, fabrication and construction on the replacement piece for the Pattullo Bridge. That work will begin on Thursday. The company will begin pile driving tomorrow and construction will proceed on a 24 hour basis until expected completion, which could be within 2 weeks.
TransLink had been planning to replace the wooden structure this summer and had engaged Buckland and Taylor to design it. This design was nearing completion and Buckland and Taylor were very familiar with the requirements and constraints of a replacement structure.
“After the fire, having determined that the timber structure was unsafe for use, we asked Buckland and Taylor to source contractors and local materials for a modified design for a replacement piece for the wooden trestle,” said Sheri Plewes, VP Capital Management and Planning for TransLink.
“The criteria was to source a permanent structure that could serve for a 6 to 10 year timeframe, and be built as quickly as possible.”
While the bridge is undergoing that major construction, TransLink will take the opportunity to forge ahead with pothole repair and repaving plans on the bridge deck.