The five lanes of traffic over the new Port Mann Bridge will increase to eight on Dec. 1

The five lanes of traffic over the new Port Mann Bridge will increase to eight on Dec. 1

Last cars roll across old Port Mann Bridge

New span takes over for all traffic three weeks ahead of tolls

Drivers who wanted to take one last commute over the old Port Mann Bridge have missed their chance.

All traffic is now using the new span after the westbound lanes were redirected onto the new crossing last weekend. Eastbound traffic has been using the new bridge since late September.

“As of Friday night or early Saturday morning, the last vehicles would have crossed the old Port Mann Bridge,” said Transportation Investment Corp. spokesman Greg Johnson. “It was a smooth traffic flip.”

The new bridge officially opens Dec. 1 with eight lanes and drivers will have one week to try it for free before tolls kick in Dec. 8. Just five lanes are now open.

“We’re just putting on the finishing touches,” Johnson said, adding the electronic tolling system is being tested and no problems have been detected so far.

Another year of construction work will continue on the western portions of the Highway 1 corridor through Burnaby and Vancouver, as well as the eventual dismantling of the old Port Mann Bridge in 2014.

The full 10 lanes won’t be open until late 2013 when the last two lanes are opened.

When complete, there will be two lanes in both directions that will act as local traffic-only lanes directly connecting Surrey and Coquitlam.

Those drivers – who account for a large portion of Port Mann traffic – will no longer have to merge with other highway traffic to cross.

But drivers who enter at 152 Street and exit at Cape Horn to take those separated lanes won’t get the 25 per cent discount offered to registered HOV lane users who cross at peak times.

To get the discount, westbound drivers would have to detour east in Surrey and take the 156 Street on-ramp dedicated for HOVs to cross the bridge in the HOV lane. Eastbound drivers from Cape Horn will have their choice of local traffic, HOV or general lanes and would exit at 156 if they take the HOV option.

Drivers must tick the box identifying themselves as HOV users when they register through the TReO tolling system or they don’t get the discount, which only applies on travel in HOV lanes with at least two occupants and only on weekdays between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Johnson said most drivers are ticking the HOV box so they get the discount when it applies, even if they normally drive alone and would rarely qualify.

Tolls were to start at $3 but the province announced in September a half-price discount that will run until at least March – drivers who register with the TReO tolling system by then will get the 50 per cent discount for a full year.

As of Monday, more than 250,000 people had registered for TReO, close to the province’s target of at least 300,000 by the end of February.

Another deadline is coming up fast. Drivers who sign on to TReO by Nov. 30 get a credit for 20 free crossings.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Just Posted

File photo
Surrey Board of Trade vows ‘a lot of noise’ will be made about tax increases

Huberman calls for comprehensive tax review at all levels of government

William Henry Rawlison was last seen on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Contributed photo)
Police looking for missing White Rock senior

William Rawlison, last seen on June 20, may be driving to Kamloops

TEASER PHOTO ONLY - Hillcrest Drive-In's sign at the end its run in Surrey, in a photo uploaded to cinematreasures.org by hermangotlieb.
SURREY NOW & THEN: The city’s last drive-in, Hillcrest showed movies for 50 years on site turned shopping mall

‘It was a good memory, being the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland, at the time,’ says former operator Jay Daulat

United Truckers Association members outside Labour Minister/Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains’ office on Monday, June 21. (submitted photo: UTA)
Protesting truckers park outside Labour Minister’s Surrey office; daily rallies promised

The truckers take issue with unlicensed trucks taking work away from legitimate owner operators, and more

Natalie Brown and Colten Wilke star in the feature film Thunderbird, co-produced by South Surrey-raised Michael Morrison and released this month in Canada, the U.S and the U.K. (Contributed photo)
South Surrey-raised producer helps bring ‘Thunderbird’ to the screen

Michael Morrison guides B.C.-shot thriller with First Nations connection

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read