TransLink is reassuring the public the Pattullo Bridge is safe.
“We asked our experts if there was something to worry about and the answer was, no.”
This after a report revealed it may be vulnerable when it comes to withstanding an earthquake or a big wind storm.
Acting Vice President of Engineering at TransLink Sany Zein says experts are looking at data to see what kind of extreme weather the bridge has withstood in the past.
“And uncovered many large wind events in Metro Vancouver over the years and the bride has stood solidly against all those events.”
Asked what kinds of winds it would take to close the bridge and cause safety concerns?
“Close to hurricane type weather, we will get more answers when the experts have done their work.”
As for the bridge withstanding an earthquake — Zein says TransLink expects those answers by early next year.
“What we do know is that all previous windstorms in the region have had no impact on this bridge, so we’re expecting the answers from the experts to be something like hurricane type winds.”
Asked if TransLink could divert funds from other projects to build a new bridge faster?
“These major projects require dedicating funding and we need to find that to be able to finance.”
Earlier this week TransLink said it was exploring the possibility of implementing an advance warning and monitoring systems to detect wind and seismic events.
TransLink hopes to replace the bridge by late 2022.