Opened in 1937, the current 82-year-old structure does not meet modern design standards and would be at risk in the event of a moderate earthquake or ship collision. Its piers are at risk of being undermined by river scour and many bridge components have exceeded their useful lives. Existing sidewalks, barriers and connections for pedestrians and cyclists do not provide the adequate level of protection from traffic that a newer bridge would provide.
What does the new bridge include?
The new four-lane bridge will provide important improvements for everyone using the bridge, including people who are driving, cycling or walking.
It will have modern, wider lanes, separated by a centre median barrier and dedicated walking and cycling lanes, separated from traffic by a barrier on both sides of the bridge.
How will the bridge connect to New Westminster and Surrey?
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.
In New Westminster, the bridge will continue to connect directly to McBride Boulevard and new direct ramps will connect the bridge to East Columbia Street.
These new connections will reduce the reliance on local residential streets to access the bridge.
Aerial renderings of the connections can be found here.
How will the walking and cycling paths connect to New Westminster and Surrey?
Multi-use paths will connect to major cycling routes in the region including the BC Parkway in New Westminster and Surrey, and the Central Valley Greenway and the future Agnes Street Greenway in New Westminster.
The multi-use paths will also connect to the existing Scott Greenway and Highway 17 bike lanes, and the new Bridge Road multi-use path in Surrey.
There will be a multi-use path and viewing platforms on each side of the bridge for walkers and cyclists.
Where will the new bridge be located?
The new bridge will be located just north and upstream 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.
Why are you building a four-lane bridge? When would the bridge be expanded to six lanes?
The new bridge will be built to allow for potential future expansion to six lanes.
Planning and engagement for the new bridge has been extensive and underway since 2006.
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.
When will the Project begin construction?
Fraser Crossing Partners has been awarded the contract to construct the new four-lane bridge that will replace the existing Pattullo Bridge.
The new bridge scheduled to open in fall 2023.
Geotechnical investigations and other work to gather information within the Project area in New Westminster and Surrey began this spring. It is anticipated that bridge foundation construction will start in fall 2020.
The Project will meet the conditions of the Environmental Assessment Certificate which can be found here.
When will the new bridge be open to traffic?
The new bridge is scheduled to open in fall 2023.
Constructing the new bridge next to the existing bridge will allow the existing bridge to continue operating until the new one is open. The existing bridge will be removed once the new bridge is open.
What is the project budget?
The Project budget is $1.377 billion and will be delivered, funded and owned by the Province of B.C.
How will traffic be impacted during construction?
Constructing the new bridge next to the existing bridge will allow the existing bridge to continue operating until the new one is open. Once the new bridge is open, 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.
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.
How can I work on the Project?
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 local, Indigenous Peoples, women, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups for the project.
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
Has the project gone through an environmental assessment?
The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. The Project has also received a Project and Environmental Review Project Permit from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
What public consultation has taken place?
Replacement options for the aging Pattullo Bridge have undergone broad and extensive review, and there have been multiple opportunities for public input.