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New Pattullo Bridge and Broadway Subway Delayed Again

Two major infrastructure projects in Metro Vancouver have been further delayed, the provincial government announced Friday.

In a press release touting the “significant milestones” achieved on both the Broadway Metro project in Vancouver and the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project between Surrey and New Westminster, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure also shared new completion dates for each one.

The Broadway Subway is expected to be operational in 2027, while the new Pattullo Bridge is expected to open in 2025.

Earlier this week, each project’s website indicated that it was anticipated to be completed a year earlier than is now expected.

This is also the second time that the completion date of each project has been delayed.

The Pattullo Bridge project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2023, but was delayed to 2024 due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry cited supply chain issues, inflationary pressures and longer-than-expected work on the bridge tower as reasons for the latest delay.

Meanwhile, the Broadway subway began construction with a planned opening date of 2025, but a five-week concrete workers’ strike in 2022 led the province to push that date back to 2026. Digging for tunnels and stations also took longer than expected, according to the Ministry.

“In projects of this size, delays can affect other construction activities,” the ministry statement said.

“While mitigation efforts were made to recover both project schedules, it was not always possible.”

Both projects recently reached major construction milestones, according to the province. For Broadway Subway, that meant completing tunnel boring operations, described as “the most technically complex and challenging part” of the project.

For the Pattullo Bridge, the latest development is the completion of the new bridge’s main tower, which is now the tallest bridge tower in British Columbia.

“Despite facing significant global challenges, we have seen tremendous progress on both projects,” Rob Fleming, British Columbia’s minister of transportation and infrastructure, said in the statement.

“These projects will move people and goods more quickly and safely across the Lower Mainland.”

When completed, the new nearly $1.4 billion Pattullo Bridge will feature modern, wider lanes separated by a central median, as well as dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists, which the province says will provide “a safer ride.” for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. .

Broadway Subway will extend the SkyTrain Millennium Line from its current terminus at the VCC-Clark station to Arbutus Street, reducing travel times along that stretch of the Broadway corridor to just 11 minutes. The project budget is approximately $2.8 billion.

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