Construction begins on foundations for new replacement Pattullo Bridge

Contractors for the new replacement Pattullo Bridge are scheduled to begin in-river work on the bridge tower foundation over the latter half of February.

According to a bulletin from the provincial government’s project office last week, crews will place rock for bridge foundation protection and install the first piles that will form the foundation for the tower.

However, this work is intended to be a test, which will provide additional information on in-river geotechnical conditions, underwater monitoring data, and construction methodologies.

The schedule for in-river construction is regulated by the federal government’s Fisheries and Oceans Canada department to minimize the impact to fish and fish habitat.

Major construction in the Fraser River is scheduled to begin over the coming months. The new bridge will be constructed roughly 100 metres east of the existing 1937-built, four-lane bridge.

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