The Ministry of Transportation has announced its plan to keep so-called ice bombs from falling on to the Alex Fraser bridge – at least for now: helicopters.
In a bulletin released late Friday afternoon, the ministry says as a “temporary measure” it will “use a heavy lift helicopter to clear the cables as needed.”
It says engineers will monitor the bridge, and if they decide there’s a risk to public safety, the aircraft will be deployed.
“The rotors will create strong blasts of wind and that will blow the snow accumulations off the cables,” states the bulletin.
WATCH: Ice bombs fall onto the Alex Fraser bridge
While the clearing is taking place, the bridge will be closed to traffic – an estimated two to three-hour operation.
The move comes after the bridge was closed twice in a week after winter weather caused snow and ice to build up on the cables before falling onto the bridge deck.
On the first snow day in December, 30 cars had their front windshields damaged by the falling ice.
The closures – the first in the bridge’s 30 years of operation, lasted more than four hours each, causing commuter chaos.
The ministry says the province is still working on a longer-term solution.