Transportation Minister Todd Stone is attempting to explain the ice bomb situation on the bridges yesterday after about 40 vehicles were damaged by falling ice and slush.
“We’re very concerned by the damage to vehicles yesterday from falling snow and ice,” said Stone.
“Our response has to be better than it was in this particular event.”
He says investigations are underway, and he says the government will pay the deductible for people with vehicle damage from falling ice and snow on bridges.
About 30 motorists say that happened to them on the Alex Fraser, and ten more on the Port Mann bridge.
Stone says crews had the bridges ready for a light snow, not the weather that came.
“It would appear that in this particular case de-icer should have been applied perhaps a bit more frequently than it was,” said Stone of the Alex Fraser.
Stone says that is now being done before the snow expected Thursday.
As for the Port Mann, ice scrubbers on the bridge cables are now running more often.
Asked what was done before the storm hit, Stone says the forecast was for very light flurries to taper off.
Of course, that’s not how it played out, when the snowfall warning was initially dropped, and then reactivated.
In 2012 falling ice damaged hundreds of vehicles crossing the Port Mann.