Moody Street Overpass Update


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Anyone who’s driven around Port Moody in the past few weeks is painfully aware that on June 24 the Moody Street overpass was hit by a truck. The hydraulic lift arm of the truck was extended and acted as a battering ram against the east girder – a structural beam just below the railing.

On July 15 the city issued an update. Here are some excerpts from the update:

The City of Port Moody understands that this situation is causing some inconvenience and appreciates the public’s ongoing patience and understanding as staff work to have the overpass fully operational as soon as possible. The City of Port Moody Engineering staff have been working with a bridge engineer and a contractor to repair the Moody Street overpass and construction work is expected to continue for the next few weeks.

The damaged girder has to be retrofitted with new steel reinforcements and concrete. The contractor has already installed reinforcing steel and formwork on the damaged concrete girder. On Tuesday July 14, concrete was also poured on the girder.

An additional steel I-beam girder has to be added to provide the necessary load carrying capacity. The steel I-beam has been ordered and is being fabricated. The next phase will be to install the I-beam upon delivery. Once the structural components are in place and the bridge engineer confirms that the overpass can carry the design load without temporary support, the City can open the bridge for two-way traffic.

The overpass has been open to single-lane traffic since June 26. From 5am to noon every day the overpass is open to westbound traffic only. From noon to 5am the overpass is open to eastbound traffic only. The flow is organized to accommodate commuters into and out of Vancouver. As it stands, this single-lane counterflow system will be in place until further notice.

While the work is ongoing Rocky Point Park, local businesses, the boat launch and the Boathouse Restaurant are open and accessible from Murray Street via Ioco Road. Pedestrians are permitted on the overpass along the designated walking path.

Because of traffic congestion the City is still encouraging commuters to avoid driving through Port Moody if at all possible. Alternate routes are Lougheed Highway, Como Lake and Austin Avenue. Commuters who are heading into downtown Vancouver are asked to consider taking the West Coast Express from Coquitlam Centre Station rather than the Port Moody Station.

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Concrete Trucks and Pump at the Moody Street Overpass

Construction Continues on the Moody Street Overpass

Construction Continues on the Moody Street Overpass

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