Lions Gate Bridge lane closures slated for this weekend postponed due to weather

B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation has postponed plans to partially close the Lions Gate Bridge this weekend for repairs. 

In a statement the ministry says it's been forced to cancel the repairs on the bridge between Vancouver and the North Shore due to an "extreme weather event" in the forecast.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for multiple communities on the Central Coast and on Vancouver Island, as well as parts of Metro Vancouver.

The weather agency says an atmospheric river known as a Pineapple Express will take aim at northern Vancouver Island and the Central Coast starting early Saturday morning, with exposed coastal communities forecast to see wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h.

The closures were set to take place from 8 p.m. PT on  Saturday to 8 a.m. PT Sunday to repair joints and bearings along the bridge. 

The repairs will be done in phases, so drivers can expect future closures. 

Anyone looking for more information on planned closures should check the ministry-run website DriveBC.ca.