The Port Mann Bridge is now connected to the Surrey side of the highway and soon it will be fully connected to the Coquitlam approach. This massive project, part of a larger overhaul for the Highway 1 route through Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby, and Vancouver, is starting to take shape.
The Port Mann Highway 1 website and Twitter account have been actively providing updates on everything from lane closures, exit changes, and overpass openings. They have also shared some great photos and videos of the construction process so far:
The total length of the new bridge will be 2,020 metres with 288 support cables (totalling 45kms in length) from towers reaching 160 metres in height. They will support 10 lanes of traffic and a 5-metre wide multi-user path for pedestrians and cyclists. Once complete, the new Port Mann will be the second largest main river span in North America.
Continuing on after a setback in February where a gantry crane collapsed, the bridge should be operational by winter 2012/2013 with full project completion in the end of 2013.