Maintenance crews and technicians are standing by to ensure provincial highways and bridges remain safe for travel as colder weather approaches the Lower Mainland.
The weather forecast for the Lower Mainland is calling for rain mixed with snow over the coming days, with temperatures below freezing overnight. This may result in accumulations of snow on the cables of the Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges. Outside lanes may need to temporarily close to give crews room to work and reload snow-clearing collars. The ministry is advising travellers to check DriveBC for possible delays.
The crossbeams of the Alex Fraser will continue to be de-iced regularly. On the Port Mann Bridge, snow and ice technicians are ready for snow-clearing activities. Tow trucks and ploughs will be on-site at both bridges to clear snow off the bridge decks and respond to any traffic incidents, as necessary.
Across the Lower Mainland, crews, brine trucks and ploughs have been readied for winter weather. Maintenance crews have budgeted approximately 3,200 cubic metres of salt and 900,000 litres of brine for this winter’s maintenance, which is approximately what was used last winter. There is an additional 5,000 cubic metres of salt in reserve in case of an extended winter.
The ministry will continue to keep the public informed of any traffic control activities or lane closures via Twitter, DriveBC and digital message signs.
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