Traffic alert: Lions Gate Bridge to close for three nights

Apr 13 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

Lions Gate Bridge is headed for its first planned full closure in decades.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is warning the public the bridge between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore will be closed in both directions on Friday, April 29, between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The closure is to allow crews to finish work on the counterflow signalling system and test it.

“It’s simply not safe to allow vehicles to be driving through that area when they can’t rely on the signals telling them whether it’s safe to go or not,” said Bowinn Ma, parliamentary secretary for the ministry and North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA.

The only exceptions will be for emergency vehicles and buses running outside the operating hours of the SeaBus, although they will have to be escorted through with a pilot car.

The east sidewalk will also remain open for cyclists and pedestrians.

The bridge will reopen during the daytime, although only every second lane control signal will be used.

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