Lions Gate Bridge rehab work to avoid repeat of bump traffic nightmare

Transportation ministry promises solution to keep bridge traffic flowing smoothly during up to eight weeks of work

Drivers can expect up to eight weeks of work on the Lions Gate Bridge this spring

A bump that caused huge traffic backups while crews worked on the Lions Gate Bridge last summer won’t be repeated when the bridge undergoes up to eight weeks of rehabilitation work this spring.

At least that’s the promise from the province’s transportation ministry as they gear up to begin work in early April to replace the expansion joint at the bridge’s south tower.

The bump over a bridge expansion joint last August slowed traffic to a crawl, spawning much frustration and its own Twitter account.

The province is promising to keep traffic flowing this time by installing a temporary bridge cover with 13-metre approach ramps on each side that will ensure a smooth ride with no bump.

Lane closure delays are expected during this weekend as the temporary bridge is installed. The estimated project cost is $1.1 million.

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