Original and new plaques unveiled for Port Mann Bridge

Collings Johnston is the Independent Certifier for the Port Mann / Highway 1 Project. For more info on our role, view our Port Mann / Highway 1 Project page.

Source: BC Newsroom

12530surreyPortMannBridgeNE-TIcorp2-7webCOQUITLAM – The two finishing touches on the new Port Mann Bridge – a 1964 commemorative plaque from the original bridge and a new plaque to mark the opening of the new crossing – were unveiled today in a ceremony on the old bridge.

Both plaques will be mounted along the brand new Port Mann Bridge pedestrian and cycling path once the bridge is completed to its full 10-lane width.

The new plaque reads: “Dedicated to the thousands of builders, designers and visionaries responsible for the Port Mann / Highway 1 Project – the largest transportation infrastructure project in British Columbia’s history; December 2012”.

The original plaque was recovered from the first Port Mann Bridge where it was installed at the approach to the crossing. Crews are working to dismantle the original span so the new bridge can be completed to its final 10-lane width and the multi-user path for pedestrians and cyclists can be connected from Coquitlam to Surrey. [Read More…]

Widest Bridge in the World

Collings Johnston is the Independent Certifier for the Port Mann / Highway 1 Project. For more info on our role, view our Port Mann / Highway 1 Project page.

Source: The Province

More than four years have passed since construction first began and only weeks remain before the first eight lanes of the Fraser River’s Port Mann Bridge will be fully open to the public, with still another two lanes to come in 2013.

But even then, the attention being paid to what’s now the widest bridge in the world won’t wind down – not just yet.

“The progress and the project has really been quite exciting,” said Mike Proudfoot of the newly expanded bridge crossing the Fraser River that connects Surrey to Coquitlam. [Read More…]

Port Mann reaches milestone with centre span connection

Collings Johnston is the Independent Certifier for the Port Mann / Highway 1 Project. For more info on our role, view our Port Mann / Highway 1 Project page.

Source: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

COQUITLAM/SURREY – The final, centre gap in the new Port Mann Bridge was closed today, a major construction milestone that completes the bridge deck and superstructure required to open the bridge to traffic this December. When the new bridge opens, drivers can expect to save up to an hour off their daily commutes.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom was one of the first to cross the new connection, walking from the Coquitlam side of the bridge to Surrey over the newly placed steel girders and concrete deck panels.

The steel girders that closed the centre span were lifted and fixed in place earlier this week. Concrete deck panels were lowered into position using gantry cranes positioned at the end of the centre span. Soon, crews will start pouring concrete to cast those panels in place. [Read More…]

Port Mann/Highway 1 passes 50 per cent completion

Collings Johnston is the Independent Certifier for the Port Mann / Highway 1 Project. For more info on our role, view our Port Mann / Highway 1 Project page.

Source: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

COQUITLAM – At a celebration to mark 50-per-cent completion of Port Mann/Highway 1 construction, Premier Christy Clark acknowledged workers for their contributions to the project, which when complete, will improve safety and reliability, save travel time and improve the movement of goods for trade to the Asia Pacific.

“Not only are these 1,500 workers helping to build our economy, they are helping to improve the lives of British Columbians,” said Premier Clark. “Once complete, commuters will save an hour a day in travel time. That’s one more hour a day that people can spend with their families instead of stuck in traffic.”

The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project will create 8,000 jobs and is a key component of the provincial Gateway Program to improve the movement of people, goods and transit throughout the Lower Mainland. Infrastructure projects of this calibre provide the support that will boost domestic, cross-border and global export opportunities, including to the Asia Pacific. Through this type of investment the province is accelerating job creation and growing revenues to support BC families. [Read More…]