The Ministry of Transportation says it could shut down the Alex Fraser Bridge if the snow storm creates dangerous driving conditions.
During Metro Vancouver’s first major snowfall of the year, at least 40 vehicles were damaged by falling snow and ice on the Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges.
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The government committed to paying those driver’s ICBC deductibles and now say it may close the Alex Fraser if conditions get too severe Thursday night and Friday morning.
Meanwhile, on the Port Mann, the Ministry of Transportation says the snow removing system, additional crews and possible lane control should prevent any closure of that bridge.
It says chain link collars, fitted to each of the bridge’s 288 cables, drop one-at-a-time to dislodge snow accumulation, even though that didn’t stop at least 10 vehicles from being damaged on Monday.
Better safe than sorry
That’s what Delta’s mayor says about the possible closure of the Alex Fraser Bridge if we get a significant snowfall tomorrow.
Lois Jackson says she has no problem with the Transportation Ministry closing the crossing if that’s what it takes to keep drivers safe.
“I think from my perspective I would have to look at safety first, you know on the one hand I know we expect government to do all the things we can do and we should do but there’s only so far that government can do to manage such an event.”
And she has a bit of advice for those wondering if they should take tomorrow off.
“If they don’t have to move and know this big storm is coming maybe just plant themselves and have a hot chocolate and enjoy their family for a few days here.”
With files from Janet Brown