Golden Ears Bridge
The Golden Ears Bridge is a six-lane extradosed bridge in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. It spans the Fraser River, connecting Langley on the south side with Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge on the north side. The bridge, owned by TransLink, has a clearance of 40 metres, and with a span of 2410 m (7907 ft.). It is the longest extradosed bridge in North America. It opened to traffic on June 16, 2009. The construction project, officially launched in June 2006, created 14 kilometres of new road. The Golden Ears Way has direct connections to the Lougheed Highway, Maple Meadows Way, 113B Avenue, 200th Street, 176th Street ( Highway 15) and the Trans-Canada Highway ( Highway 1). After the opening of the bridge Translink ceased operation of the Albion Ferry on July 31, 2009, a passenger/vehicle ferry that had been operational since June 7, 1957. It employed 59 full-time and 18 auxiliary employees. In 2003, annual traffic amounted to 1.5 million vehicles and 4.0 million passengers.

The Golden Ears Bridge opened at 2:00AM on June 16, 2009 and has a fixed total construction cost of $808 million ( CAD). The construction contract has been let to a joint venture of CH2M Hill and Bilfinger Berger.

The project was named through a community process and reflects the well-known lower Fraser Valley landmark, the Golden Ears peaks, which crown Mount Blanshard in Golden Ears Provincial Park. The successful submission to name the bridge was that of George Tabert, a local pastor.


  • August 6 - Environmental certification was received
  • September 15 - TransLink and the Katzie First Nation signed a Benefit Agreement
  • November - The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Act was amended to allow for tolling

  • January - A Request for Proposals was issued for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation
  • February 16 - A bylaw governing tolling was passed by TransLink
  • June 22 - TransLink and the four municipalities ( Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Surrey) finalized the Golden Ears Bridge Master Municipal Agreement
  • December 7 - TransLink selected Golden Crossing Group as the proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the bridge.

  • June 29 - Construction began.

  • June 5 - Pile cap and pier construction underway on the bridge.

  • June 20 - 3,600-year-old native site found with evidence of native horticulture. Excavation to end and construction to resume by mid-July.

  • June 14 - Bridge opened to pedestrians only
  • June 16 - Bridge opened to traffic

The new bridge uses an electronic tolling system to track vehicles that cross to recover construction costs. Tolls have not been used in the Lower Mainland since the 1960s when they were removed from all bridges. Drivers will have the option of opening a tolling account. This will include an electronic tolling device, or transponder, to be mounted on the vehicle's windshield. It will detect usage of the bridge, allowing toll charges to be automatically billed to the driver's account, streamlining the tolling process. Vehicles without an electronic tolling device will have their license plates identified through an automated video recognition system, and will be billed accordingly. Drivers of such vehicles will also have the option to pay for their trip in advance by establishing a temporary account with a credit card, and will pay a lower toll rate than if they did not establish such an account.

Estimated Toll Rates (2009)

Type of Vehicle Toll-Device Pre-paid Without a toll device Car $2.75 $3.30 $3.90 Truck or bus $5.55 $6.10 $6.65 Large truck $8.30 $8.90 $9.40 Motorcycle n/a $1.40 $2.50

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