We’ve just sent out this press release and I wanted to make sure you all saw it!
TransLink’s new Golden Ears Bridge is expected to open sometime in the early hours of tomorrow morning when the barriers come down on all of the entrances and exits. By the morning rush hour period, the bridge will be handling regular commuter traffic between Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and Langley/Surrey for the first time.
Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays for the first few days as commuters get accustomed to the new entrances and exits and as sightseers take advantage of the 30 day toll-free period to make their first trips over the Golden Ears. TransLink has arranged for additional police traffic management to assist motorists as they sort out their new travel patterns. Traffic engineers will be monitoring the bridge and the road system to see if any adjustments to signals or wayfinding are needed.
Based on the overwhelming public interest on Sunday at the bridge completion celebration, TransLink is asking motorists who don’t necessarily have to travel in peak commuting times to shift their trial runs if possible. All drivers headed to the bridge are advised to listen to radio traffic reports for updated information.
Motorists wanting to be among the first across the bridge are advised that it is not expected to open right at midnight tonight.
In the weeks to come, those who expect to use the Golden Ears on a regular basis should either register their vehicles or order a transponder to qualify for a lower toll charge. TransLink recommends ordering transponders on-line or by phone rather than going to the QuickPass offices. With the next 30 days toll-free, there will be lots of the transponders to arrive in the mail. Links and phone numbers are available at www.translink.ca.
Operations staff at the Golden Ears Bridge would also like to advise motorists that there is still some completion work underway that could result in some short term lane closures over the coming weeks.