One Year On: Steady growth continues on 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.

Source: TransLink

Golden Ears Bridge Graph

Entering its second year of operation, the Golden Ears Bridge continues to show a steady increase in overall and average daily usage.

A total of 796 thousand vehicles crossed the bridge in July – slightly more northbound than southbound – for a daily average of 25,700; up from 19,600 per day in July 2009.

“This steady growth indicates people are seeing how the Golden Ears Bridge meets their particular transportation needs,” says TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis. “The bridge links two fast growing areas of our region, and moving goods and people as efficiently as possible [Read More…]

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.

Source: TransLink

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…]

CEBC Award of Excellence

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.

Source: AE Today – Issue #1 2006

Golden Ears Bridge

The Consulting Engineers of B.C. presented Associated Engineering and Collings Johnston with an Award of Excellence in the Soft Engineering category at the awards gala in Vancouver. We received the award for our work on the development of the Golden Ears Crossing Project.

Located in the Greater Vancouver area in B.C., the new Golden Ears Bridge will cross the Fraser River, connecting Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on the north to Surrey and Langley on the south.

The project owner, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) decided to implement the project as a Public Private Partnership. As Technical Manager and Technical Consultant, Collings Johnston and Associated Engineering developed the project scope and concept design, helped to identify risks, and assisted in developing the Request for Qualifications and Proposal documents. The concept design had to be affordable, promote safety, receive support from the four municipalities and numerous stakeholders, and attract qualified bidders. The concept design of the 2.2 kilometre long bridge and associated roads, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and utilities also had to consider the character of each community and integrate with the existing transportation network.

The Collings Johnston/Associated Engineering team developed an approach that addressed community values and integrated with the design/build/finance/operate delivery approach. This process helped build consensus, and led to a single agreement between TransLink and the four municipalities. Due to an inclusive development process that involved prospective local and international consortia, proponents responded enthusiastically to the project. TransLink has awarded the project to the Golden Crossing Group. Construction has begun, and the new bridge and roadworks are scheduled for completion in 2009.