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Pattullo Bridge
The Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges on the Lower Mainland, spanning the north arm of the Fraser River between New Westminster, located on the north bank, and Surrey, situated on the south bank.

Thomas Dufferin Pattullo
The bridge opened in 1937 and was named in honour of former BC Premier Thomas Dufferin Pattullo who was in power from 1933 to 1941. Pattullo was a Liberal Party member who helped find relief for the unemployed and introduced social welfare programs to the needy during the height of the Great Depression.

King George Highway
The road that crosses on the bridge is designated as Hwy 99A and 1A or the King George Highway in Surrey and McBride Boulevard in New Westminster. This highway route can be quite busy during rush hour, especially since the opening of the new Post Mann Bridge where there is a costly toll (the Pattullo Bridge is free of charge).

Walking the Pattullo Bridge
If you do want to get some spectacular views of the Fraser River and the SkyTrain Bridge, there is a sidewalk that crosses only on the west side of the Pattullo Bridge from Columbia Street. The sidewalk, which is wide enough to accommodate bicycles, gives the walker a chance to experience the narrowness and age of the Pattullo Bridge, especially given the high volume of traffic - including a large number of transport trucks which use the crossing constantly. Just be prepared for dealing with various dangers associated with environmental, weather, traffic conditions and other social issues.

Westminster Pier Park
Another great spot to view the Fraser River and the Pattullo Bridge is at Westminster Pier Park. This family-orientated area is located near the New Westminster Quay on the west side of the Fraser River. Here you can find a kids' play area, views of the SkyTrain and Pattullo Bridges, plus some public washrooms. At the moment, a new pedestrian walkway will give more access to the park from Columbia Street.

Brownsville Bar Park
For other views of the bridge and surrounding Fraser River, try visiting Brownsville Bar Park, located at 11931 Old Yale Road in Surrey. Here you can find access to the Fraser River with panoramic views of the Pattullo Bridge looking towards New Westminster. Brownsville Bar Park offers a sandy beach with around 300 metres (984 feet) of riverfront. The park is situated between the SkyTrain Bridge and the Pattullo Bridge. The City of Surrey's Greenways Plan makes a good starting point for cycling in this part of Surrey on the Tannery Greenway.

TransLink
Because of the old design, and the need to upgrade due to Surrey's population increase, the Pattullo Bridge may be the next place for a new bridge over the Fraser River. TransLink, the governing body for transportation in Metro Vancouver, has commissioned a report for replacing the Pattullo Bridge in order to meet local and regional transportation objectives.

Engineering Challenge
Another option reviewed by Translink is the cost for a rehabilitation project to bring the Pattullo Bridge crossing up to modern-day standards and to suit the future needs of the area. If this idea was chosen, traffic routing in the area would be a real engineering challenge, similar to the newly-built Port Mann Bridge.

Brooklyn Pub and Taverna Greka
For a good place to relax and a view of the bridge from New Westminster, you can visit the Brooklyn Pub at 250 Columbia Street or for a family restaurant, try going to Taverna Greka located close by at 326 Columbia Street.

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Pattullo Bridge
Pattullo Bridge

 

Pattullo Bridge
Pattullo Bridge

 

Walking the Pattullo Bridge
Walking the Pattullo Bridge

 

View at Westminster Pier Park
View at Westminster Pier Park

 

Walking the Pattullo Bridge
Walking the Pattullo Bridge

 

 

 

 

 
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