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Golden Ears Bridge hosts opening celebration June 14

The Golden Ears Bridge, in mid-construction. The bridge will be in one piece when you go out to celebrate in June!

The Golden Ears Bridge, in mid-construction. The bridge will be in one piece when you go out to celebrate in June!

Hey, you’re invited to celebrate the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge in June!

The bridge should be completed by early summer, and while the official opening date for traffic isn’t yet set, a public celebration will be held on Sunday, June 14.

It’s going to take place on the new Golden Ears Bridge deck, and it will be a pedestrian-only event. The celebration will feature entertainment and activities for the whole family.

TransLink’s new bridge and 13-kilometre road network will provide a quick, easy and convenient link from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to Langley, Surrey and beyond.

Here’s a few comments from TransLink executives on the celebration, from our press release:

“This is an exciting opportunity for people to get a close up look at the bridge and to experience the magnificent view from the bridge deck,” says TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast. “For the first time ever, the people living in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Surrey and Langley will be able to connect easily to friends, families and opportunities on the other side of the river.”

“We want to invite the region to share in this historic event,” says Fred Cummings, TransLink vice-president of major construction projects. “The opening celebration is an opportunity to thank the communities for their support and commitment to the new crossing and to honour the bridge workers whose skill and dedication created the bridge.”

The Golden Ears Bridge uses QuickPass, the first electronically tolled system in western Canada, and will allow drivers to cross the bridge and pay the toll without stopping or slowing down. Find out more about QuickPass in this October 2008 Buzzer blog post on the subject.

And for more information on the project, please feel free to visit TransLink’s Golden Ears Bridge website, or the Golden Ears Bridge construction website.


25 Comments

  • By Sungsu, March 23, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    Since this is during Bike Month, it would be cool if this event also highlighted the bike-related facilities on the bridge and its approaches.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 24, 2009 @ 8:54 am

    Thanks Sungsu – I’ve passed your note along to the organizers.

  • By Deano, March 30, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    Since this is also a pedestrian-oriented event, it would be nice if TransLink operated some bus service to a nearby location (say closer than the 501 along 96 Avenue).

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 30, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

    I’ve passed that note along too now, Deano!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, March 31, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    Deano — I’ve got a bit of an update now. There will be Park&Rides with shuttles to the event site. Details are still being ironed out though. Stay tuned for more as I find out!

  • By Sarah, April 2, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    Hi Jhenifer – I wonder if there is a way to tie in a kids run / adults run on the bridge on that day? Please check out this website and let me know who I can talk to to see if this is doable. I think we have a great opportunity to celebrate the bridge opening, while also celebrating community involvement for a GREAT cause (families with cancer)!

  • By Kinsey, April 21, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    Is there a ribbon cutting event of some sort, if so what time would it be at and also what time will the bridge be open for the general ceremony on the 14th?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, April 21, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    Sarah – I forgot to tell you I forwarded your comment on to the organizers, so it’s in their hands now. You can also try the GEB contact page if you want to cover all the bases.

    Kinsey: Not sure about this yet. I’ll likely have a more detailed schedule closer to the event. Just stay tuned!

  • By Donna Fuller, May 6, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    It would be really nice if they had a day just for motorcyclists too. As an advid motorcyclist I am really going to miss the Albion Ferry, as they always let the bikes on ahead with no wait…lol. Does anyone know if they are going to have an HOV lane on the new bridge?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 8, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Hi Donna,
    The Golden Ears Bridge doesn’t have an HOV lane actually. And sadly, there won’t be a special day for motorcyclists on the bridge — but again, you’re welcome to come out to see the bridge during the opening celebration on June 14. (It’s a pedestrian only event btw!)

  • By andrea, May 19, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    with all the hulabaloo it neglects to give a start time and what the parking situation will be for the event . do we know that information yet???

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 19, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    Nope, we don’t have any details on that, which is why it isn’t in the original post. Hold tight, the info will come soon!

  • By Paul Strudwick, May 25, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    Hello, Jhenifer. Is there going to be bus service across the Golden Ears bridge? If so, can you say when will the service information be announced, please?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 25, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    Hey Paul, the new bus service is the 595, crossing the Golden Ears Bridge and connecting Langley Centre to Haney Place. (Public consultations were held about this over the past few months). The 595 will have service every 30 minutes, from about 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The service is coming at the end of June, and we’ll probably have more detailed info out near the start of June.

  • By Bridge Run, May 25, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    Is TRY EVENTS hosting this race?

  • By John Pan, May 26, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    Allowing bikes would be awesome. We don’t want to walk from the parking area all the way to the middle of the bridge. We don’t want to wait for the shuttle either if the weather is good. If there are 6 lanes they got to be able to set aside 1 or 2 for bikes to and from the bridge deck and still have enough room left for pedestrians.

  • By ;-), May 26, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

    Hi Jhennifer,

    Can I request you update the links on this page. Many are still referring to the old translink.bc.ca website.

    I was hoping to see the press release again to get details about the celebration.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 27, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Sure, I’ve updated the links. But I don’t have any further info on the celebration yet. Those are apparently coming soon, so I’m told…

  • By Dave Kelly, May 31, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    As a member of the local community it would be great to be able to ride to this event with my family on our bikes rather than contribute to the vehicle congestion that is likely going to arise from it.
    I see that details of the pedestrian event are still in the works and whether bikes will be permitted is still in question.
    Allowing bikes would reduce the need for parking and congestion enroute to the event. If allowing bikes on the bridge is a concern for pedestrian safety then perhaps individuals could be allowed to walk their bike rather than ride on the bridge deck. Just a suggestion. Looking forward to the event and the bridge opening.

  • By global-handshake, June 2, 2009 @ 12:41 am

    hello jhenifer,
    it seems like your event planning dept. has to hash out some details for the big day.
    I know what that is like, being the owner of a adventure tourism co. that just so happens to be located right beside the off-ramp to the new bridge. I’ve had meetings with Dean Barbour ( chamber of commerce ) and am trying to market a product placement mural on the backside of our warehouse. Can you please call me at 604-512-1348

    Thanks
    Russ global-handshake.com

  • By Steve, June 2, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Regarding bringing bicycles to the Golden Ears opening, there will be free Bicycle Valet Parking provided at the event, with one station operating on either side of the bridge. The Bicycle Valet is like a coat-check for bicycles offering safe and secure bicycle parking. The service is provided by the non-profit Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) See thebicyclevalet.ca for more details.

    Ride to the event and you don’t have to worry about parking either a vehicle of your bike!

  • By Jane, June 8, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

    The opening on June 14th is a great destination bike ride to join in the celebration but valet parking does not work well when wearing bike cleats. Too bad there cannot be a lane or two for riding.

  • By Sandra Goldsby, June 8, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    We would love to attend the opening with our family, but have been unable to find info: times, parking, shuttles, etc. Any news yet to help us out.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, June 9, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    Sandra: check out this post for more details on the Golden Ears celebration.

  • By Sandra Goldsby, June 11, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    Thank you so much Jhenifer.

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