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Late bridge opening causes two hour lineup

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Complications on the Lion's Gate Bridge construction project kept the bridge closed two hours lo...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Complications on the Lion’s Gate Bridge construction project kept the bridge closed two hours longer than expected yesterday, creating a traffic nightmare.

The bridge was slated to re-open at 7 a.m., but it didn’t open until 9 a.m., meaning hundreds of cars and trucks were forced to wait in line.

Lion’s Gate Bridge communications manager Pam Ryan, says the delays occurred because some unexpected problems arose during construction overnight.

"The jacking traveler is the piece of equipment that is responsible for the lifting and moving of the bridge sections," she explains to local media. "We had to make some modifications to it in order to accommodate the shorter distance between the main cables and the bridge truss as we get closer to the south abutment. Those changes and modifications just took a bit longer than we expected."

Three more sections of the bridge need to be replaced, but officials are expecting no more long delays. They claim that work should wrap up in mid-October, and all the hassles will be worthwhile as the bridge will be stronger, wider and much safer.


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