The Pattullo Bridge could reopen within two weeks, TransLink said yesterday.
The transportation authority unveiled plans to replace the bridge’s fire-damaged wooden trestle with a steel-concrete span from the construction of the Canada Line.
Sunday’s closure of the aging bridge – which handles 80,000 car trips a day – caused massive congestion as commuters flocked to the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges.
Initial estimates placed the trestle’s replacement as anywhere from four to six weeks.
“Construction will proceed on a 24-hour basis,” said Sheri Plewes, TransLink’s vice-president of capital management and planning. “We expect it to be complete within two weeks and will be making every effort to do it quicker.”
The total cost to TransLink is less than $2 million. Piledriving will begin today.
TransLink planned to replace the wooden trestle this summer, Plewes said, and had hired a contractor to design a replacement.
A modified version of that design will make use of an existing steel-concrete span that was used to cover the Canada Line excavation at 41st Avenue and Cambie Street.
Plewes said the shortened timeline is possible because much of the engineering work was already done and because the Canada Line span was available.