December 16, 2017

Tunnel, bridge or both? You decide

Mixed reaction at the first open house on plans to replace the George Massey Tunnel. People turned up to the Richmond Oval to talk about the Government's five options, released this week. They are: to keep the existing tunnel, build a new tunnel, build a bridge and two combinations.  "I'd like to see a larger, new tunnel.""Yeah, the one with … [Read more...]

Surrey mayor concerned about surge in Pattullo Bridge traffic

The Mayor of Surrey is again raising concerns about the impact of tolling the Port Mann bridge on other crossings in her city. Dianne Watts says early numbers are not good. "The numbers that I got from the BC Trucking Association, they've monitored about a 25 per cent diversion onto the Pattullo Bridge which again is problematic because again … [Read more...]

Is the gold-leaf flaking from the bridge?

Golden Ears Bridge traffic is still under performing even though the new, tolled, Port Mann Bridge has been online for months.  Derek Zabel says about 30-thousand weekday trips have been made across the Golden Ears Bridge this year, "The preliminary 2013 traffic volume data indicates right now no significant changes to the bridge volumes since … [Read more...]

TV News: Bridge, Hannibal, Vatican, Dome

The Bridge Cinema Teaser have released the first photos of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger in FX's upcoming series remake of the Scandinavian TV hit "The Bridge". Hannibal NBC have announced a Thursday April 4th premiere date for the "Red Dragon" prequel series. The series will air at 10pm. The story showcases a young Hannibal Lecter (Mads … [Read more...]

TV News: Hour, Bridge, Turbo, Arrow

The Hour The BBC have declined to renew Abi Morgan's series "The Hour" for a third season. Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai starred in the 1950s & 1960s-set series which ran for two seasons. Shine America is reportedly developing a U.S. version of the show, set in a slightly later historical time period. [Source: Variety] The … [Read more...]

Details expected Monday on plans to make Port Mann Bridge more safe

We'll find out next week how the newly-tolled Port Mann Bridge will be further 'winterized' to protect commuters from falling ice.  Transportation Minister Mary Polak says plans are in the works for short and longterm improvements and the contractor --Kiewit-- is paying for all of them. "We have specified in our contract the requirements for … [Read more...]

Port Mann bridge fares well on icy morning

It's suffered from some pretty bad press in it's first few weeks of operation. But while the rest of Metro Vancouver was slipping and sliding this morning, everything was okay on the new Port Mann bridge. "The commute this morning when just fine. No problems, even though we saw slippery conditions reported elsewhere throughout the lower mainland. … [Read more...]

Multiple crashes on new Port Mann bridge

One month after it officially opened to traffic, the new Port Mann Bridge has had another commute snarled by ice. A few weeks ago, it was ice falling from bridge cables and crashing down on vehicles. This morning, the combination of ice on the bridge deck and thick fog led to multiple crashes. RCMP SGT. Peter Thiessen;  "Approximately 20-25 … [Read more...]

Thousands of Port Mann Bridge decals still in the mail

Wondering where your new Port Mann bridge decal is? At least 50-thousand are 'still in the mail.' There were more than half a million registrations in the weeks preceding the opening of the new bridge with about a third happening in the last few days before tolling began. As a result, project spokesperson Max Logan says many drivers are still … [Read more...]

Port Mann Bridge operators keeping an eye on the mercury to prevent falling ice

The Crown Corporation responsible for the Port Mann Bridge says two degrees is the magic number they’re watching out for. Mike Proudfoot, CEO of the Transportation Investment Corporation, says if the temperature drops to two or below with snow, there could be a repeat of last week’s incident where hundreds of cars were damaged, and the … [Read more...]