Golden Ears Bridge

Lower Mainland, BC.

The Golden Ears Bridge was completed in the spring of 2009, linking commuters north of the Fraser River to the Fraser Valley and the Trans Canada Highway. The construction of the bridge transformed a ferry route into a now a 7,906-foot (2,410 m) cable-stayed bridge with three towers, four kilometers of elevated highway and 9 kilometers of feeder roadway.

Types of equipment used in the construction of this project were mobile cranes, bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders, compaction rollers, telehandlers, boom lifts, generators, light towers, centrifugal pumps and generators.

Golden Ears Way, a two-to-six lane road was also been designed with intersections for streamlining the traffic movements on Golden Ears Bridge.

The project includes 13.3km of two, four and six-lane mainline roadways and the Golden Ears bridge across the river, 5km of on and off-ramps construction, an upgrade of 12.2km municipal streets and 2km modifications of provincial highways and interchanges. The project also includes additional 16 bridges with a total length of 4.6km consisting of 112,000m2 of bridge deck.

The project was one of the largest P3 projects at the time and received Global Deal of the Year by Infrastructure Journal and a Gold Award from the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships (CCPPP). The Golden Ears Bridge northern approach roadway won an Award of Merit from the ACEC-BC in 2010 for Engineering Excellence.