Province plans to protect North Shore bridges from ship strikes

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Apr 05, 2022 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

The province is looking to shore up protection of the Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in the event of a major ship strike.

North Vancouver-Lonsdale NDP MLA Bowinn Ma acknowledged that the update is a positive one.

“While the damage of a vessel impact is very unlikely, these crossings are so critically important to the North Shore, to the province, and really nationally, these protections are overdue,” she said. “The retrofits are meant to complement the stringent vessel transit procedures put in place by the by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for the safe movement of people and goods through the Burrard Inlet.”

“The consequences to the North Shore would be just extraordinary,” she said. “It could be absolutely catastrophic for us.”

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