For anyone interested....got an updated press release today on the bridge project. Looking like ready for traffic in time for Christmas!!
March 12, 2012
Gantry repairs will not affect Port Mann Bridge schedule
VANCOUVER – Based on the timeframe for the remaining repairs to the gantry used to build the approaches spans of the new Port Mann Bridge, and the estimated date for resuming normal gantry operations, no change is expected to the scheduled December 2012 opening date for the new bridge.
The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project contractor has recently completed an assessment of repairs. This assessment indicates that while some components require repair or replacement, the majority of components on the gantry have sustained minimal damage and remain functional. The contractor expects the necessary repairs and replacement components will be in place to allow recommissioning of the gantry in April.
Since the malfunction on February 10, the contractor has continued work on other portions of the bridge, which do not require the gantry. While the repairs are completed, the contractor will continue work on the bridge’s main span, connecting it to the final approach pier – the point where the approach span and the main span meet. Once the main span is connected and the gantry repaired, construction of the approach span will resume and the connection between the approach and the main span will be completed. The contractor will then continue the remaining work on the bridge as they prepare it for traffic in December.
When complete, the new Port Mann Bridge will consist of three sections:
• Cable-stayed main span (850 metres) - constructed using steel girders that support concrete deck panels.
• South approach (350 metres) - constructed using 327 pre-cast concrete sections set in place by the gantry.
• North approach (820 metres) - constructed using 831 pre-cast concrete sections set in place by the gantry.
Opening the new bridge will complete the first and largest phase of the project, which includes opening eight lanes on the new bridge, widening the highway and rebuilding three interchanges from 160 Street in Surrey to the Cape Horn Interchange in Coquitlam. Construction work to complete the project, including the final two lanes of the bridge, will continue through 2013, with the existing bridge scheduled for decommissioning in 2014.
In addition to a new 10-lane bridge, the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project includes 37 kilometres of highway widening from McGill Street in Vancouver to 216 Street in Langley. The project includes rebuilding seven highway overpasses and nine highway interchanges. The project will also allow for expanded transportation options by providing for the first bus service across the Port Mann Bridge in over 20 years, extended HOV lanes to Langley and expanded cycling infrastructure.