Commuters face traffic hell due to Pattullo Bridge closure
Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Commuters this morning are in for a surprise as the Putallo bridge they rely on to get across the Fraser River will be closed for 6 weeks, apparently a homeless person decided to warm himself under the bridge, starting a bonfire with creosote railway ties. The fire got away and started to burn down the bridge. Oh Happy Days "NOT"!
METRO VANCOUVER — Commuters crossing the Fraser River can expect longer line-ups and further delays after a suspicious fire Sunday shut down the Pattullo Bridge for at least a month, diverting its 80,000 daily users to other routes and onto public transit.
TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie urged commuters to leave earlier or later for work and consider carpooling and telecommuting, predicting overcrowded conditions on the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges and George Massey Tunnel, as well as long waits for buses and SkyTrains.