2016 | New Westminster, BC
The Pattullo Bridge between Surrey and New Westminster required deck repairs and improvements. However, the rehabilitation plan had to be able to mitigate traffic impact and cost. TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure brought on McElhanney as the prime consultant to address deck repairs and create both a traffic management plan and an operations plan. The result was comprehensive plan that allowed the bridge deck rehabilitation to be completed and re-opened ahead of schedule.
McElhanney developed an Operations Plan and integrated with the Traffic Management plan to achieve the following:
- Balance and manage traffic flows in the Lower Mainland
- Maintain safety of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists
- Ensure mobility of goods, labour, equipment, and material in and out of the region
- Follow protocols for an incident management plan to expedite incident response and quickly restore traffic flow
- Establish protocols for a communications plan to disseminate traffic information to the public
- Coordinate with the Regional Traffic Management Centre
Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the mainland and had significant deck deterioration. It is a vital link between New Westminster and Surrey and an important channel for commercial goods and emergency vehicles. Any closure would have a significant impact on traffic flow. The upgrades needed to be completed in a compressed timeline to decrease strain on other Ministry infrastructure.
McElhanney’s comprehensive plan allowed the construction team to complete the bridge deck rehabilitation ahead of schedule. The plan was also able to introduce several new features that kept driver’s aware of traffic conditions and ultimately safer overall.