Golden Crossing Constructors Joint Venture

Golden Crossing Constructors Joint Venture

February 24, 2009 18:37 ET

Golden Ears Bridge Deck Complete

Project On Time for Opening By July 1

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2009) - TransLink and its Golden Ears Bridge project partners celebrated a major construction milestone today with a ceremony marking completion of the deck structure.

"The pending completion of the Golden Ears Bridge and its connecting roads is great news for Metro Vancouver's economic development and for residents and businesses of the region," said TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast. "The bridge will improve travel times for people, goods and services across the Fraser River, will reduce regional congestion, and will open up access to markets, services, facilities and recreational opportunities."

In 2006, TransLink concluded a long-term contract with the Golden Crossing General Partnership (GCGP) to oversee the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the bridge and 14 kilometres of associated new roads and structures. The GCGP engaged the Golden Crossing Constructors Joint Venture to manage detailed design and construction within a tight three-year timeline.

"We are on track to complete the project and have traffic flowing before the June 30 deadline," said GCGP President John McArthur. "The success of this project - in terms of financing, engineering, and community-building - is testimony to the effectiveness of the partnership model that was chosen."

"We are moving forward with finishing work on the project," said Terry Cage, Executive Project Manager for the Joint Venture. "This includes placing driving surface on the bridge, and then median barriers, fencing, lighting and signage."

The Golden Ears Bridge and its connecting roads will link Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on the north shore of the Fraser River with Langley and Surrey on the south shore. The bridge features six lanes of vehicle traffic. Cycling and pedestrian pathways have been constructed on each side of the vehicle deck, with the eastern pathway forming a part of the Trans-Canada Trail. New bus routes will provide fast transit connections across the river.

The Golden Ears Bridge Project is being funded by tolls that will be collected from the owners of vehicles that cross the bridge, using QuickPass - the first electronic tolling system in western Canada.

The Golden Ears Bridge is an initiative of TransLink, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.


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Contact Information

  • Information re: Project concept and benefits;
    QuickPass Tolling:
    Doug Friesen
    TransLink
    (604) 761-5353
    or
    Information re: Construction:
    Ian McLeod
    GCCJV Communications
    (604) 616-2375