The Port Mann Bridge has reopened after crews worked overnight to de-ice it.
On Monday night, there was a scare for some drivers travelling between Coquitlam and Surrey.
CKNW’s sister station, AM730 Traffic, received several calls from listeners saying they had been hit by so-called “slush-bombs.”
#PortMannBridge remains closed. Crews are clearing heavy, wet snow from the cables. Detour routes are signed, pls drive carefully.
— Port Mann/Highway 1 (@PortMannHwy1) December 27, 2016
Greg Johnson with TI Corp, the company that manages the Port Mann Bridge, says crews are working to keep the bridge clear.
“What they’re seeing is that the snow is starting to warm up, the weather is starting to warm up, and the snow is starting to get wetter and it’s getting heavier. So our crews are operating the cable collars, so they’re dropping collars to knock off any snow as soon as it gets to any accumulation about a half a centimeter maximum. And they’re seeing the snow is getting knocked off in heavier and wetter pieces of snow, so it’s coming off in wet, heavy almost like slush.”
Crews had to work overnight, in order to prevent the snow from turning to ice.
“the cameras show that a thin layer of slushy snow is on the cables and I think they’re operating the collars when it’s about a maximum half a centimeter of accumulation and the system appears to be working as intended, it’s knocking that snow off and it’s coming off and it looks like it’s slushy snow when it hits the deck of the bridge.”
Detours for eastbound drivers included Brunette Ave or Exit 44; for westbound traffic at 176th street and 160th.