Northbound lanes on the Alex Fraser bridge are now closed due to the snowy weather conditions and slushy snow falling from the bridge’s cables.
Drivers are asked to find an alternate route.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen closures on the Alex Fraser due to wintry weather.
During December’s various snowfalls, the bridge experienced closures due to risks of ‘ice bombs’ falling and hitting cars.
The Executive Director of Highways, Norm Parkes, says things were going well on the bridge on Friday, but things have changed.
“We had substantial snow over the last 24 hours or so, and we were doing pretty well with managing that snow, the winds were light… the snow that had accumulated was melting off the cables quite nicely. Unfortunately the wind has come up a little bit which means some of that snow that’s shedding off the cables is now blowing into the northbound lanes as as a precaution we are closing just the northbound lanes.”
He says there is a helicopter on standby to clear the bridge’s cables.
But Parkes says he hopes its use isn’t necessary.
“Unfortunately, in order to use it, we would have to close the southbound lanes as well, and at this point we’re just going to close the northbound lanes and see how the snow sheds. If we do have to make a move to close the southbound lanes, then definitely the helicopter will be deployed.”
He’s unable to say at this point when the bridge will be fully re-opened.