Port Mann Bridge to open Dec. 1

The new Port Mann Bridge will open to eight lanes of traffic on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, and tolling will commence after one free week, on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The transition to the eight-lane bridge opening will happen gradually with Highway 1 westbound traffic shifted onto the new bridge overnight on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Westbound traffic will remain in a two-lane configuration until Dec. 1 as crews complete widening and improvements through the Cape Horn Interchange, at the north end of the bridge. Westbound commuters are advised to drive with extra care and watch for new signage as crews reposition barriers and lanes leading onto the new Port Mann Bridge.

Dec. 1 will also mark the completion of interchange improvements and highway widening east of the Port Mann Bridge construction, including more than 20 km of new HOV lanes extending to Langley.

Construction will continue on the Port Mann Bridge and along the Highway 1 corridor after the Dec. 1 opening. Crews will keep working to complete the bridge to its full 10-lane capacity, and work will continue between the Cape Horn Interchange and Vancouver.

Once complete, the new Port Mann Bridge will eliminate the worst traffic bottleneck in British Columbia, reducing commute times by up to 50 per cent and saving drivers as much as an hour per day.