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Port Mann Bridge and Alex Fraser Bridge now open following winter weather

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We knew it was coming but the latest winter storm still made for a messy commute in Metro Vancouver Thursday - for those who didn't get a "snow day". As Emad Agahi reports, the day started fairly well but by the afternoon, drivers had to deal with at least one major bridge closure – Jan 6, 2022

Winter operations forced the Port Mann Bridge to close in both directions Thursday night.

It reopened around 6 a.m. Friday but the eastbound HOV lane will remain closed for winter operations, according to Drive BC.

The Ministry of Transportation put out a notice Thursday afternoon, warning the bridge could be closed if the weather continued to worsen.

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“The ministry uses a cable-collar system to remove snow that builds up on the cables of the Alex Fraser and Port Mann bridges, so that traffic can safely pass,” it said in a release.

“The cable collars were successfully deployed overnight and this morning. However, with warming temperatures and windy conditions, snow and ice can shed onto the travel lanes.”

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The Alex Fraser Bridge was also closed Thursday for winter maintenance but has since opened. The southbound right lane will remain closed for winter operations, according to Drive BC.

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