The 75-year-old Pattullo Bridge.

Pattullo to close … for a weekend

The Pattullo Bridge is closing. Not for good, just for one weekend.

The Pattullo Bridge is closing.

Not for good, just for one weekend.

TransLink has announced it will be re-paving a portion of the 75-year-old structure “where damage to the asphalt pavement at the south end has become a safety concern,” said TransLink in a news release.

To facilitate the work, the bridge will be closed to traffic from Friday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m., until 3 a.m., on Monday Aug. 20.

TransLink said the work will depend on the weather and if there is precipitation heavier than showers the work will be postponed until the following weekend.

While the bridge is closed to traffic, TransLink will do a thorough examination of the bridge deck, and possible do other work such as repairing some of the corroded pedestrian guard rail.

Alternate routes include the Queensborough, Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges.

Most of the repair work TransLink has done in the past has not required closures, although it repaved on nights and weekends during the spring of 2009. It was also closed in January 2009 for eight days after a fire destroyed some of the wooden structure on the south approach to the bridge.

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