Biggest Games closures start today - Metro US

Biggest Games closures start today

All right, we’re almost there. Most of the Olympic road closures are already in place.

Yesterday, we saw all of the Olympic lanes and parking restrictions go into effect.

So what does that leave us with, you might ask? Probably the biggest closure yet. Say goodbye to the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts until March 2.

As of today, the viaducts are shut down to traffic until after the Games. No doubt that will put extra pressure on alternate routes like Hastings and Pender streets, Broadway, and West 2nd Avenue, just to name a few.

I will say, however, the morning and afternoon commutes have been a lot lighter lately. It looks like a lot of people are heading out of town for the Olympics, working from home or taking transit. Every little bit helps. It’s becoming more obvious that a majority of commuters have made alternate arrangements.

What’s next? Restrictions on the Sea-to-Sky Highway that go into effect next Thursday. At that point, you’ll need a permit to travel between Squa­mish and Whistler between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

You can travel without a permit outside of that time period, but then you’ll face the challenge of finding parking once you get to Whistler.

My advice? Take the bus!

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