SURREY, B.C. — An internal analysis of the Pattullo Bridge by the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) has revealed that it is the most dangerous bridge in the Lower Mainland.
More than 400 collisions a year take place on the 65-year-old structure, and ICBC shells out $2.8 million in claims each year as a result of those accidents.
Engineers reviewing the design of the bridge say it is too narrow to accommodate today’s semi trucks that frequently cross the bridge. Lanes are just 3.05 metres wide, as opposed to today’s standards of 3.65 metres in width.
Trucks are often forced to swing into oncoming traffic in order to navigate the bridge’s curve.
"Move 12 inches and you’re in the oncoming traffic lane," warns Surrey RCMP Const. Tim Shields when talking to local media.
TransLink is responsible for the bridge, and the agency is considering options such as installing reflective lane markings, rumble strips and repaving the bridge. TransLink says it is also considering a narrow centre line barrier to prevent vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic.
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