SURREY, B.C. — TransLink is considering revamping the Port Mann Bridge, but drivers will have to foot the majority of the bill.
The regional transit body that oversees the Port Mann Bridge says it’s considering two options for to alleviate congestion there. One involves adding a second bridge that runs alongside the existing bridge. The other involves adding a second deck to the existing bridge.
TransLink chairman, Doug McCallum, says he feels drivers will be willing to shell out a toll to take the improved bridge, which would save them considerable driving time.
“They would still have a choice to use the Pattullo (Bridge), which a lot of people do already,” says McCallum. “I think people will be prepared to pay $2 if it saves them waiting an hour.”
TransLink hopes the enhancements to the Port Mann Bridge will take place around the same time a second crossing over the Fraser River is completed. That would mean it would be slated to open in about 2006 or 2007.
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