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Throwback: A brand new Pattullo

The new, narrow four-lane bridge cost about $4 million to build in 1937
pattullo bridge 1937
The new four-lane bridge was opened to traffic on Nov. 15, 1937 by B.C. Premier Thomas Dufferin ‘Duff’ Pattullo.

Let’s take a step back in time to 1937 when the new Pattullo Bridge opened.

The above image is a postcard painting of the newly opened structure.

Preliminary work started earlier this year on a new toll-free replacement bridge between New Westminster and Surrey.

Having an estimated $1.377 billion price tag, the new bridge will have four lanes but will be expandable for six lanes.

Delta council expressed opposition to the replacement having the same number of lanes as the current structure, noting the bridge is an important link in the region’s major road network but has significant traffic congestion during peak periods, and additional capacity is already required.

As far as when the new structure is completed, the provincial government this year announced the replacement’s opening has been moved from late 2023 to sometime in 2024.

The current bridge is to be then demolished.