Delays will continue as ‘extensive’ repairs needed on Highway 99 overpass


Drivers who use Highway 99 through South Surrey should expect major delays to continue in the the new year.

Provincial officials say the 152nd Street highway overpass requires “extensive” repairs after it was struck by a too-tall semi-truck on Monday morning.

The crash closed the highway to northbound traffic — as well to traffic in both directions on the overpass itself — for the rest of the day as engineers assessed the damage.

Tuesday morning, after the overpass was stabilized, one northbound lane was re-opened; a single southbound lane on 152nd is now open as well.

In both cases, officials say that will remain the case until further notice.

In a media release, the ministry of transportation and infrastructure said “motorists are advised to expect delays, and should plan an alternate route.”

The ministry says they are currently working on a plan for repair, including design, cost and timelines.

Update on 152nd underpass at #BCHwy99. It needs a lot of love. We’re working on design, cost estimate and timeline for repair. #SurreyBC pic.twitter.com/sMhCUDtzQn

— BC Transportation (@TranBC) December 7, 2017

“The ministry recognizes the importance of this structure to local residents, and to the region, and is prioritizing these repairs. Work will begin as soon as possible, and the ministry thanks all motorists for their patience,” they added.

A further update on the project is expected in January.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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