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Nighttime closures of the Royal Avenue on-ramp coming to New West this week

Some drivers may experience temporary delays as part of work on Pattullo Bridge replacement project
Overnight construction on the Pattullo Bridge replacement project means detours two nights this week.

Motorists heading to the Pattullo Bridge this week will experience detours as work continues on the Pattullo Bridge replacement project.

Fraser Crossing Partners, who is designing and building the new bridge, said nighttime closures will be in effect on the Royal Avenue on-ramp on Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. These closures are required so Fraser Crossing Partners can conduct preparation activities in advance of underground drainage work that’s scheduled to take place in mid-October.

“Drivers will be directed to use the Columbia Street loop-ramp via McBride Boulevard to access the Pattullo Bridge,” said a notice about the work. “Detour signage will be in place.”

When required, traffic control personnel will be on site to direct traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, said the notice.

The project team stated the on-ramp closure is being scheduled overnight to minimize traffic impacts; all traffic pattern changes will be well-signed.

“Drivers may experience temporary delays resulting from the detour,” said the notice. “We appreciate your patience while this work is underway.”

According to the notice, saw-cutting activities are required as part of this work.

“Periods of noise are expected,” said the notice. “Nearby residents and businesses may hear some noise from the saw cutting work.”

The $1.377-billion crossing that will replace the Pattullo Bridge is expected to open sometime in 2024.