B.C.’s Minister of Transportation is defending the province’s decision to possibly close a major Metro Vancouver commuter bridge due to the expected storm.
Minister Todd Stone says crews have been applying anti-icing solution to the Alex Fraser and reloading the chain link collars on the Port Mann in an effort to prevent snow and ice from falling on travelling vehicles.
“I want to be very clear with British Columbians that we’re going to do everything we can to mitigate any risk related to closures.”
But he says they aren’t taking any chances.
“The only scenario that could potentially result in the closure of some or all the lanes of that crossing would be if the winds really intensify and we’re concerned that the de-icing agent isn’t keeping up with a heavy snow accumulation.”
Stone now says a total of 80 ice bomb claims were made following Monday’s snow storm – with 50 of those happening on the Alex Fraser.
Good lesson to learn
The NDP’s Transportation Critic says a major commuter bridge should be able to withstand a snow storm.
“I find it remarkable that the B.C. Government can’t keep a major artery like the Alex Fraser Bridge open. It is not rocket science, we live in Canada, we have snow across the country, and a major city like Vancouver needs to have all of its arteries open,” says Claire Trevensa.
She says this should be a good lesson for the province.
“We know that we get winter weather, yes in Vancouver it is not every year, but we do know that we get snow, we should have the ability to keep our bridges open.”
" It is not rocket science, we live in Canada, we have snow across the country" says @clairetrevena on possible Alex Fraser snow closure.
— Shelby Thom (@ShelbyThom980) December 8, 2016
Trevena says the proposed bridge to replace they Massey Tunnel better be equipped with a snow removal system as well.