Once complete, the new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge will the second largest and longest cable-supported bridge in North America, and at 65 metres wide it will be the widest bridge in the world. The new bridge will double the capacity of the original five-lane bridge, which was built in the early 1960s when the area’s population was 800,000; today, the bridge serves more than 800,000 vehicles in any given week.
Eight lanes on the new bridge opened to traffic December 1, 2012, significantly expanding the capacity of the existing five-lane bridge, and removing major highway congestion points at either end of the bridge.
With these improvements complete, drivers are now experiencing significant time savings. These improvements also make transit service across the bridge possible for the first time in a generation. The new ExpressBus service, a joint initiative of the Province and TransLink, now connects Langley to Burnaby in less than 25 minutes.
The 10-lane bridge will have three through-lanes in each direction, as well as two lanes dedicated for local access between Surrey and Coquitlam. Once complete, it will also include a barrier-separated three-metre-wide cycling and pedestrian path located on the east side of the new bridge.
The two kilometer long bridge is made of three key sections: the cable-stayed main span bridge across the Fraser River, the south approach in Surrey and the north approach in Coquitlam. A 720 tonne custom-made horizontal crane has been used to place the 1,158 deck segments that make up the bridge. For more information about construction of the new Port Mann Bridge please view our Bridge Construction Update
Work on the new bridge will continue through the 2013 construction season.