Sunshine and heavy crowds greet new Golden Ears Bridge

Collings Johnston was the Owner’s Technical Manager and the Implementation Manager on behalf of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority for the Golden Ears Bridge. For more info on our role, view our Golden Ears Bridge Crossing Project page.

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Golden Ears Bridge Opening

Thousands “make history” at historic “Bridge Party”

Bright sunshine, spectacular sights and the sounds of jazz, blues, bhangra and break-dancing intermingled brought tens of thousands of people out to the Golden Ears Bridge today for a once-in-a-lifetime “Party On The Deck”. A constant stream of people from north and south converged to stroll on the bridge deck, something no one will be able to do again, once the bridge opens to traffic.

Shows on two stages kept people entertained, and the mayors of the four municipalities joined by the bridge – Dianne Watts of Surrey, Rick Green from the Township of Langley, Don MacLean of Pitt Meadows and Ernie Daykin of Maple Ridge – made a ceremonial walk to the centre, joined by Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, and Mike Leon, chief of the Katzie First Nation, on whose ancestral lands the bridge stands.

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I’d like to thank the thousands of workers who worked so hard to get this project completed ahead of schedule,” said Premier Gordon Campbell, taking part in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The Golden Ears Bridge is an integral part of a coordinated plan to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the Lower Mainland. Together with a new Pitt River Bridge and new Port Mann Bridge, we will be better able to move goods, services and people through the region.” [Read More…]