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Combined billing for Golden Ears and Port Mann Bridges is almost here!

Combined billing begins September 1!

Combined billing begins September 1!

Hi Buzzer readers!

If you use the Golden Ears and Port Mann Bridges, you’ll be happy to know that starting September 1, combined billing is available, making it easy for customers to review and pay tolls for both bridges online through their TReO account.

What you need to know:

To be eligible for combined billing and the lowest toll rates on both bridges, customers must have a TReO account with automatic payment information on file and a decal installed in their vehicle.

Outstanding Quickpass balances will not transfer to TReO, and customers should settle any outstanding Golden Ears Bridge tolls with Quickpass to avoid fees or interest charges.

Customers who prefer to receive separate invoices can contact TReO to opt out of combined billing; however, these customers will only receive the lowest Golden Ears Bridge toll rate if they have a Quickpass transponder.

What you need to do:

Register with TReO with an auto payment mechanism for combined billing and to receive the lowest toll rate on both bridges. For more information and to register with TReO, visit www.treo.ca.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Pattullo Bridge Summer Weekend Closures

The Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge

Due to maintenance and repairs, the Pattullo Bridge will be closed to all traffic (including bicycles and pedestrians) for three weekends this summer:

  • July 25-28
  • August 15-18
  • August 29-September 1

On the first weekend of closures, the bridge will close at 8 p.m. on Friday night and reopen at 3 a.m. on Monday morning. On the following weekends, the bridge will close at 9 p.m. on Friday night and re-open at 3 a.m. on Monday morning. 

Motorists should plan alternate routes to cross the Fraser River and transit customers should plan for longer travel times on the N19 and #321 during those weekends.
 
For more information, click here to see the press release or visihttp://www.translink.ca/pattullo.
Author: Jennifer Morland

Small inflation adjustment for Golden Ears Bridge tolls, Mon July 15

GEB aerial

An aerial shot of the Golden Ears Bridge

On Monday, July 15, the planned annual inflation-rate adjustment for tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge goes into effect. The increases range from five to 15 cents, with no increase for registered motorcycle customers. Here are the details!

TRANS-PONDER VIDEO PAY-AS-YOU GO

CLASS

Now
After
07/15

Now
After
07/15

Now
After
07/15
Car $3.00 $3.05 $3.55 $3.60 $4.25 $4.30
Small truck $6.00 $6.10 $6.55 $6.65 $7.15 $7.25
Large Truck $8.95 $9.10 $9.60 $9.75 $10.15 $10.30
Motorcycle N/A N/A $1.50 $1.50 $2.75 $2.80

Click here to see the news release with more about the increase, or visit the Golden Ears Bridge site for even more about tolling and the project.

Author: Jennifer Morland

Happy 5th Birthday, Golden Ears Bridge!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Golden Ears Bridge, happy birthday to you!

GEB landscape

You don’t look a day over four!

On June 16, 2009 the Golden Ears Bridge and 14-kilometre road network opened to traffic, making today it’s fifth birthday! At the time, it was one of the most significant improvements to the Metro Vancouver road network since the opening of the Alex Fraser Bridge. It was also the first electronic toll system in Western Canada.

In honour of the fifth anniversary, we wanted to share some interesting facts that you may not know and show you some ‘baby’ pictures of the bridge.

What’s with the eagles? 

GEB eagle

An eagle on one of the towers

 

The eagle was chosen as a symbol for the bridge and it is displayed on project signs, on the bridge towers, in concrete etchings on some ramps and at the project gateways in Surrey and Pitt Meadows.

Why was the eagle chosen as the symbol, you ask? The Golden Ears is the name of the summit north of the Golden Ears Bridge. The peaks look down on the bridge, and their original name was allegedly “Golden Aeries”, referring to nests of Golden Eagles that live on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Bridge trivia

GEB construction photo July 2008

Taken July 2008

Here’s a look at the different parts that make up the Golden Ears Bridge, which is a cable-stayed bridge in case you were curious:

  • Bridge length: 968 metres
  • Height: Pylons are 82 metres high
  • Number of spans: 5
  • Number of piers: 4

 

 

 

Baby photos

Here are some additional pictures of the bridge during construction!

GEB construction pre-cast panel July 2008

Pre-cast panels – taken July 2008

Bridge deck construction - taken July 2008

Bridge deck construction – taken July 2008

Construction continues - taken January 2009

Construction continues – taken January 2009

Author: Jennifer Morland

Run the Golden Ears half marathon and 10K, Sun Mar 9, 2014

2014-03-07 GEB Half Marathon

The Golden Ears Half Marathon & 10K is coming!

Hey buzzer readers!

The fourth Golden Ears Bridge Half Marathon and 10K race is happening on Sunday March 9, 2014, and TransLink is very excited to be supporting it again!

Both races will go over the Golden Ears Bridge, crossing on the east side and then coming back on the west side. Traffic control measures will be in place on either end of the bridge while race is taking place, so keep that in mind if you’re driving in the area.

Proceeds from the race will go to the School Meal Program in the Langley School District and Friends in Need Food Bank in Pitt Meadows. And if you want to be out there pounding the pavement on Sunday morning, you have until tomorrow to register! Visit the Peninsula Runners site for more info.

Happy racing!

Author: Jennifer Morland

Knight Street Bridge – Mitchell Island Interchange Improvements Project

TransLink Knight Street Bridge - Mitchell Island Improvements

Before picture

We’ve made some great improvements to the Knight Street Bridge– Mitchell Island interchange!

These changes will make the bus stops and pedestrian walkways much more accessible and safer for both transit riders and operators alike.

Pedestrian Improvements

There are a few changes for the off ramp to Mitchell Island Northbound and Southbound. Transit riders and pedestrians have been walking alongside traffic, with just a small barrier between walkway and traffic.

The road surface has now been widened up to one metre, to accommodate for more room behind the barriers for pedestrians to walk safely along the expanded path. Over 60 metres of barrier have also been installed to further improve the safety of the walkway.

Pedestrian crosswalk signs are now also up to signal newly painted crosswalks to new traffic islands both north and southbound Mitchell Island off-ramp.

TransLink Knight Street Bridge - Mitchell Island Improvements

After picture

For both the northbound and southbound stops, bus operators have found it difficult to maneuver their buses into the catch basin for transit riders to board easily.

To address this, we’ve created larger passenger landing areas for both bus stops, and replaced the asphalt with new concrete capping.

For the southbound stop, the catch basin has been shifted to accommodate the new landing area and wheelchair ramp access. This helps the operator easily park the vehicle parallel to the landing area.

The passenger crosswalks to both bus stops were also reinforced with repainted crosswalk lines, and new signage was put up to signal drivers to watch for pedestrians.

 

Do you frequent this interchange at all? If you do, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Do these improvements make it more safe and accessible for you to take transit?

Author: Angela Chang

Roads and Bridges: Restaurants along the Major Road Network

roads and bridges bannerWe’ve been devoting a handful of posts to the roads and bridges TransLink is responsible for in the region. For the basics on TransLink’s roads and bridges, check out the Managing major roads and bridges in Metro Vancouver post from our TransLink 101 series and check out the roads and bridges series to read the other posts.

For this final post in the series, Angela, our student communications assistant, is sharing her love of food and where to find it along the Major Road Network (MRN). Besides spending her summer at TransLink, Angela is also part of the team over at VANEATS.ca, Vancouver’s food adventure network. We thought it would be great to marry her love of food and transit in one post. Enjoy!

 

Richmond – Deer Garden

3 Locations: 8580 Alexandra Road, Richmond | 3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond | 6270 Fraser St. & 47th, Vancouver

Deer Garden Signatures is a popular favourite. They are renowned for their signature fish soup noodles, and have two locations in Richmond: Alexandra Road, and Sexsmith Road in Union Square. Deer Garden also opened a new franchise in Vancouver last year on Fraser St. and 47th.

For $8.50, you get to choose your own soup base, noodles, two toppings, and a hot or cold drink. Portions are huge, and I love the variety of different toppings to choose from. My personal favourite soup base is the Tomato & Pumpkin Fish Soup with Rice Noodles.

Tomato & Pumpkin Fish Soup at Deer Garden. Photo Credit: Curtis @ Foodobyte

Tomato & Pumpkin Fish Soup at Deer Garden. Photo Credit: Curtis @ Foodobyte

Downtown Vancouver – Nook Restaurant 

2 Locations: 781 Denman St., Vancouver | 1525 Yew St., Vancouver

Nook is located just off Robson Street on Denman Street. They also recently opened a new location in Kitsilano. Whenever I visit, I usually order the specials of the day, which are usually chalked onto a blackboard. They have never disappointed – always a mixture of refreshing ingredients, yet with the most flavourful and delicious pizzas and pastas I have had in the city. I especially appreciate their use of fresh arugula – it really adds a bit of punch to the pizza!

Be forewarned: the restaurant is quite cosy and does not take reservations. For larger parties, they recommend visiting their sister restaurant Tavola, right around the corner.

Nook Restaurant

Nook Restaurant

West Vancouver – Fraiche Restaurant

2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver

Fraiche Restaurant is located just off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in West Vancouver. It features Pacific Northwest cuisine, with a stunning panoramic view of the Lions Gate Bridge and surrounding areas. The menu offers Ocean Wise (thumbs-up!) and gluten-free options – a bonus for those with diet limitations! Although a little more on the luxurious side of fine dining, it’s worth dropping by for a visit for a fantastic view of Vancouver and beautifully prepared cuisine.

My favourite dish is the Maple Glazed Sablefish – rich, succulent, and delicious!

 

Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view at Fraiche Restaurant

Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view at Fraiche Restaurant

Burnaby – Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot

4500 Kingsway (Crystal Mall)

This little hole-in-the-wall, Han Ju, is located just outside Crystal Mall in Burnaby, also within walking distance from Metrotown.  Their hotpots are affordable and delicious,  and their Korean Style BBQ bowl is an excellent choice of comfort food – it includes rice, spicy tofy, pork, egg, bok choy, cabbage, and a small soup broth on the side. A particularly refreshing drink is their lychee drink: cool, crisp, and sweet. The BBQ bowl and lychee juice have become my usual order at this little spot after a long day of shopping at Metrotown!

Korean Style BBQ bowl at Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot

Korean Style BBQ bowl at Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot

Kitsilano – Café Régalade 

2836 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tucked in the Kitsilano area, this French restaurant, Café Régalade, works wonders with their cuisine. Their brunch menu items are great – lots of variety for a friendly price. Their Healthy Breakfast option comes with two boiled eggs, low fat yogurt, fruit salad, home made granola, choice of milk, and dipping soldiers. For dinner, their Duck Breast a L’Orange is incredible – each tender bite of duck is soaked in a rich orange sauce that is beautifully balanced between sweet, tart and a touch savoury.

Café Régalade

Café Régalade, on West 4th Ave.

 

These are just a few of my favourite go-to places in Vancouver! There are so many amazing restaurants in this vibrant city. Seeing as I am still slowly exploring my way into other areas of Metro Vancouver, such as Surrey, White Rock, and Coquitlam, what great places would you recommend?

What are your favourite restaurants within the Major Road Network?

Author: Angela Chang

Roads & Bridges: Cycling infrastructure

roads and bridges bannerWe’re devoting a handful of posts to the roads and bridges TransLink is responsible for in the region. For the basics on TransLink’s roads and bridges, check out the Managing major roads and bridges in Metro Vancouver post from our TransLink 101 series. Check out the roads and bridges series to read the other posts.

Roads and bridges aren’t just about buses,cars, trucks and pedestrians; they’re also about bicycles! TransLink has been working towards making cycling a realistic and viable travel option by planning and funding support for bikeways and other cycling infrastructure. For this installment of our series, I spoke with cycling devotee, Helen Cook. Helen is a planning manager in our Roads Department. I sat down with Helen for a few minutes right after her commute to work on her bike.

How long have you been with TransLink?

Helen and her bike

Helen and her favourite mode of transportation.

Helen: I’ve been with TransLink since our inception in 1999. Previously, I worked for BC Transit as a transit planner.

Have you always been passionate about bikes?

Helen: Indeed, I have. I’ve been a cycle commuter since I first moved to Vancouver to go to university and continued when I started working.

Did you focus on bikes while at BC Transit?

Helen: There wasn’t much of a cycling program there per se, but I did have some responsibility for studying and doing some feasibility work for putting bike racks in front of the buses. Over time, I worked with BC Transit to retrofit and install bicycle racks on all the buses. Getting bike racks on all the buses in the region didn’t actually happen until after TransLink was formed.

How does cycling fit into your current role at TransLink?

Helen: he cycling program fits within the Roads Department because it’s largely based on roads infrastructure. TransLink is interested in promoting cycling as a viable mode of travel, and  the ways that we help to promote that is through guidance to municipalities through the Regional Cycling Strategy and Implementation Plan  as well as providing funding to those municipalities for cycling infrastructure as well as including cycling into our own infrastructure, which includes the transit system and the bridges that we own. We make sure that cyclists can access all of our own infrastructure. TransLink also produces the Metro Vancouver Cycling Map, and delivers education and encouragement for cycling through the TravelSmart program.

What are some cycling infrastructure of note that TransLink is directly involved in?

The Canada Line bike bridge

The Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycle bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen: When I think of specific infrastructure, I think that the Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge has been great for cycling. There’s a dedicated crossing for both cyclists and pedestrians. It’s accessible from both Richmond and Vancouver and bike routes lead to both sides. It goes a long way to improving the comfort of crossing that part of the Fraser River.

We’re also currently undertaking an operational review of how we can improve our customer experience in terms of cycling as it pertains to our buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus and West Coast Express. Are there things that we can do to make operations safer? Are there things that we could be doing with the vehicles in relation to best practices? These are questions we’re aiming to answer.

Are there any cities or organizations that you look to for inspiration when it comes to cycling infrastructure?

Helen: Well, TransLink is a leader in North America when it comes to accommodating bicycles on transit. One of the places we look to for inspiration or ideas is in regards to bicycle parking. Cities like Portland and Chicago have introduced what are called bike cages or secure bike parking areas. These are separate rooms in a station or separate buildings near a station where cyclists can park their bikes securely on a rack using their own lock while having access to the area with their transit pass.

So these are different than the bike lockers we currently have on the system?

Helen: Yes, our lockers are a program we introduced years ago and are now considered standard equipment at the stations. However, we’d like to make bike storage even more accessible. Our lockers currently require obtaining a key, and you need to sign up for them for at least three months via a rental payment. Secure Bicycle Parking areas are designed to be accessible by many people through use of an electronic entry that can be monitored remotely, much like office access or elevator access cards.

Are there plans to have these rooms on our system?

Helen: Yes, we are preparing to install one at King George Station as a pilot project. We recently received capital funding to install that, and we have a project manager working on finalizing the design. The hope is to have this Secure Bike Parking structure, which will have permeable walls with electricity and video monitoring, finished for spring 2014. We have a lot of bike lockers at King George Station, and they’re usually full and sometimes there’s a waiting list. So, we’re hoping that this new facility, which is more efficient in terms of design of space that it takes up on the plaza, can accommodate all of our new cycling customers and some of the existing ones.

Is TransLink in touch with the City of Vancouver about their new public bike share system they plan to put in place in 2014?

Helen: Yes, TransLink conducted a public bike share feasibility study in 2008/9. After we published this study, Vancouver City Council became interested in bike sharing systems and it looks like they’re on the road to making it happen. Our feasibility study identified the City as the most likely part of the region where Bike Sharing could be successful. Since our study, the City did their own due diligence and investigation and research and have agreed that they are the right organization to implement a bike sharing system.

TransLink supports their decision to move forward with a bike sharing system. We have a Regional Cycling Strategy and a public bike sharing system is identified as a good way to encourage more cycling in the region. One of the ways it encourages more cycling is that supports spontaneous cycling travel. It also allows people to experiment with cycling and hopefully will lead them to discover that they’d like to cycle more. After a few years into implementation, other cities with a public bike sharing systems have seen noticeable upticks in the number of cyclists and bike sales.

What about the Evergreen Line and cycling?

Helen: Since early on in the process of making the line a reality, we’ve been working with the province to maximize access for bikes and we’ve identified road improvements that can be done in conjunction with construction of the line. We’ve also worked with the municipalities involved in the line to synchronize Evergreen Line construction with municipal cycling plans and pedestrian improvements as much as possible.

There are a few intersections that will see improvements for both cyclists and pedestrians as a result of the Evergreen Line. There are also a few slightly off-the-guide-way cycling routes which will also be in place once the line opens. We don’t have the same opportunities with the Evergreen Line as opposed to the Expo Line in terms of clear right of ways. However, we have identified parallel routes to the line which can be used by cyclists.

Have you noticed any major changes in how cycling is viewed over the fourteen years that you’ve been at TransLink?

Helen: Things have changed a lot. I think TransLink and many other transit agencies are far more interested in accommodating cyclists on transit systems. I see a lot encouragement of cycling to transit. The goal of our bike parking program is to encourage people to use their bicycles as part of the system. This shift towards increased incorporation of cycling into the transit system is also the result of more transit employees cycling to work.

Thanks for the interview Helen!

For more info on bikes and TransLink you’ll want read our past posts as well as the cycling and bikes on transit pages on the TransLink website.

 

Roads & Bridges: Getting to know Westham Island

roads and bridges bannerWe’re devoting a handful of posts  to the roads and bridges TransLink is responsible for in the region. For the basics on TransLink’s roads and bridges, check out the Managing major roads and bridges in Metro Vancouver post from our TransLink 101 series. Check out the roads and bridges series so far.

West end of the Westham Island Bridge truss

West end of the Westham Island Bridge truss – image courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

For this installment of our roads and bridges series, we look at one of TransLink’s oldest assets, Westham Island.

Officially opened on March 29, 1910, Westham Island is the oldest of the five bridges TransLink owns and operates. Operated by TransLink since 1999, The over 100-year-old bridge is also the narrowest TransLink bridge and one of few remaining bridges containing wood components in Metro Vancouver. Located over Canoe Pass, which is in the Fraser River Estuary, the structure connects Westham Island with Ladner and the Municipality of Delta.

The bridge is comprised of thirty timber stringer approach spans, a Callender-Hamilton swing-span steel truss, a steel C-truss, and a timber Howe truss, with  partial single-lane operation. The  swing span can swing 90 degrees to allow boats to pass.

I sat down with Bob Moore, Bridge Operations Manager for TransLink, and asked him a few questions about the historic bridge.

Tell me about the bridge.

Bob: The bridge is part steel, part timber. Part of the bridge is a steal truss, like you find in the Pattullo Bridge. Another part is a timbre truss, which is highly unusual these days but typical of similar bridges built in the early part of the last century. The remainder of the bridge consists of heavy timber stringers. It’s a swing span bridge, which is also unusual.

Bob holding a sign to a TransLink meeting room with the same name as the bridge.

Bob holding a sign to a TransLink meeting room with the same name as the bridge.

How do swing span bridges work?

Well, it sits on bearings. When ships want to pass through the channel, they radio ahead to our person in the operating booth for the bridge, and they go out onto the deck and press the button to make the bridge swing open. At this time of the year, the operating booth is fully manned. As we get into the winter, there are certain hours of operation.

What types of boats usually pass by the bridge?

It’s mainly fishing boats and some pleasure boats as well. I’ve actually seen a houseboat go through there. There is a houseboat community right near the bridge. On average, the bridge is opened roughly seven or eight times a day. It’s a vital link to the island. There are many farms on the island, and trucks need the bridge to get their goods on and off. Mind you, there is a load limit to the bridge of 50 tons, which means you can’t bring a semi-truck over it.

How is the bridge maintained?

We have a maintenance contractor who is out there weekly making any repairs that are needed. Because of these heavy trucks and the fact that the deck is wooden there is some regular maintenance needed. That replacement includes fixing and replacing parts of the deck, the rubbing rails and curbs on the side, etc.

How long can a bridge like the Westham last?

Well, it’s a swing span bridge, so there are moving parts that can rust or wear out. However, if it was designed and maintained well from new, it could  last almost indefinitely (with timely maintenance and rehabilitation). The deck on the bridge can feel a little loose because it’s made of timber which dries up during the summer. The workers will then go in and tighten the deck up on a regular basis.

Tell me about the future of the island.

About six months ago, we commissioned a report to look at the cost of three different scenarios: (1) to keep maintaining the bridge for the next ten years, (2) to keep maintaining it for the next thirty years, and (3) to look at replacing the bridge entirely. We have that report now, and we’re reviewing it to see  what we’ll do with it.

Thanks for the time Bob!

If you haven’t visit the bridge yet, it’s worth a trip. The unique look of the bridge has attracted camera crews of TV, films and commercials over the years. That includes  new TV series, Bates Motel, has been shooting on the bridge recently.

Have you ever gone over the bridge? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Share you Westham Island story in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roads & Bridges: Up Close and Personal with the Pattullo Bridge

 

roads and bridges bannerWe’re devoting a handful of posts over the next couple of weeks to the roads and bridges TransLink is responsible for in the region. For the basics on TransLink’s roads and bridges, check out the Managing major roads and bridges in Metro Vancouver post from our TransLink 101 series.

July 20th marked the first full day closure of the Pattullo Bridge summer weekend maintenance work. TransLink took this opportunity to invite local media to tour the 76-year-old bridge for a “behind the scenes” look at the work being completed. As the organizer of the event, I decided to take a few notes myself and share them with our Buzzer readers.

We began the tour by walking underneath the bridge, getting a close look at any fallen debris. I spotted a few chunks of fallen concrete on the ground, which seem to have originally been attached to the bridge. Our bridge operations manager (and our tour guide), Bob Moore assured me this is a sign of normal wear and tear of any bridge. “There is no structural risk or public safety concern (unless you’re standing underneath the bridge when the concrete falls!)” Bob says.  He also adds “TransLink has identified the defected areas and will be repairing these areas as part of the maintenance work.”

We then walked up the stairs onto the bridge deck to see construction workers at work. They were jack hammering the bridge, creating extremely loud drilling noises and causing lots of dust particles to fly all over our faces. I’m glad everyone was wearing their safety vests, hard hats and steel toed boots!

Along the bridge you could see red rectangles marked throughout. Bob said those were identified as “delaminated areas, where horizontal cracks are formed in the concrete, allowing water to flow through and causing the rebar to expand and corrode.” In layman’s terms, the concrete cracks create potholes, the water gets in and the rebar (made of iron) rusts. Again Bob adds, “this is normal wear and tear for any aging bridge. This is why it’s important for us to address these issues, complete this maintenance work and ensure Pattullo will maintain in a state of good repair”.

What’s interesting to note is how the delaminated areas are identified. As a standard test, a 10 feet long chain is dragged across the bridge. The sound created from the chain and concrete hitting determines the areas of delamination. High pitch tones means the area is delaminated and low pitch tones means the deck is still solid and intact. After identifying the delaminated areas, workers then mark the areas in red (explains the multiple red rectangles), break the concrete, clean the rebar and loose concrete, pour grout and repave the area.

With over 77, 000 daily commuters traveling across the Pattullo Bridge, I’m glad to see the maintenance effort put forward to ensure this aging bridge is always in a state of good repair. This tour was both interesting and educational for this transit junkie. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed seeing it!

Author: Jiana Ling

Small inflation adjustment for Golden Ears Bridge tolls, Mon July 15

Golden Ears Bridge

The Golden Ears Bridge

On Monday, July 15, the planned annual inflation-rate adjustment for tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge goes into effect.

The increases range from five to 10 cents, with no increase for registered motorcycle customers. Here are the details!

CLASS TRANS-
PONDER
now
After
07/15
VIDEO now After
07/15
PAY-AS-YOU-GO
now
After
07/15
Car $2.95 $3.00 $3.50 $3.55 $4.20 $4.25
Small truck $5.95 $6.00 $6.50 $6.55 $7.10 $7.15
Large truck $8.85 $8.95 $9.50 $9.60 $10.05 $10.15
Motorcycle n/a n/a $1.50 $1.50 $2.70 $2.75

Click here to see the press release with more about the increase, or visit the Golden Ears Bridge site for even more about bridge tolling and the bridge project.

Author: Tina Robinson

Pattullo Bridge closes for the weekend, Fri Aug 17 to Mon Aug 20, 2012

The Pattullo will be getting a little TLC this weekend.

As you may have heard through the media already, this weekend there will be a planned closure on the Pattullo Bridge for some roadwork.

The bridge will be closed to all traffic (including bicycles and pedestrians) from 9 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012 until 3 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2012 weather permitting (If there is rain this weekend – heavier than showers – the work will be postponed until August 24-27).

The bridge is closed so a portion of the asphalt at the south end of the 75-year-old bridge can be re-paved. Keeping the bridge in safe, working condition is extremely important. During this time, some corroded pedestrian guard rails will also be looked at and possibly repaired.

The City of Surrey will also be doing work on King George Boulevard, which will take place within the limits of the Pattullo Bridge Closure. From the Surrey side of the bridge, there will also be a full closure west of 128 Street and only local traffic, buses and emergency vehicles will be permitted.

If you were planning on using the Pattullo, please note that the N19 NightBus will be re-routed between New Westminster and Scott Road Stations, as will the #321, which makes two trips from Surrey to New Westminster Station on Sunday mornings before SkyTrain begins service. Both routes will have longer travel times due to the reroutes. Check the Alerts page for full details.

It’s an inconvenience for sure, but a necessary one to make sure the bridge is safe!

Teeny inflation adjustment for Golden Ears Bridge tolls, Sun July 15 2012

The Golden Ears Bridge.

Ahoy hoy — the tolls on the Golden Ears Bridge will get a planned inflation-rate adjustment next week, on Sunday, July 15, 2012!

The increases range from five to 20 cents, and I’ve listed the specific details below.

CLASS TRANS-
PONDER
now
After
07/15
VIDEO now After
07/15
PAY-AS-YOU-GO
now
After
07/15
Car $2.90 $2.95 $3.45 $3.50 $4.10  $4.20
Small truck $5.85 $5.95 $6.40 $6.50 $6.95 $7.10
Large truck $8.70 $8.85 $9.30 $9.50 $9.85 $10.05
Motorcycle n/a n/a $1.45 $1.50 $2.65 $2.70

Click here to see the press release with more about the increase, or visit the Golden Ears Bridge site for even more about bridge tolling and the bridge project.

The New Pattullo Bridge Project webinar is this Thursday, March 8, 2012!

A photo of the opening of the Pattullo Bridge in 1937.

It’s just a few days away. The New Pattullo Bridge Project webinar is this Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m! You’ll need to register before the webinar to watch and ask questions live.

Sany Zein, TransLink’s Director of Roads and Infrastructure Planning, will be walking webinar participants through all the different bridge locations and directions. You’ll want to do your homework before the webinar since there’s a lot of information to absorb.

I’ll be accompanying Sany to help field the questions coming in live, collected at workshops and those that Buzzer Blog readers have posted already on this past post. I’ll be collecting your questions on the blog up until Thursday, so please post them in the comments section of either this post or the past post.

I hope you all can join me on Thursday. I’m excited! See you online!

The New Pattullo Bridge – we want to hear from you!

The existing (old) Pattullo Bridge

Back in July 31, 2008, TransLink’s Board of Directors decided the Pattullo Bridge (built in 1937) needed to be replaced. Designed to last 50 years, the 75-year-old bridge has outlived its projected life.

In terms of modern day safety, structure, seismic and riverbed scour (water that removes sand and rocks from around the bridge piers) factors, the bridge is outdated. Although the existing bridge has exceeded its projected lifespan, it’s still in usable condition, safe and will continue to be monitored until the new bridge has been completed. Once the new Pattullo Bridge is completed, the old one will be dismantled.

Tomorrow, TransLink will begin the public engagement portion of the consultation process for the bridge, which will help determine the future of the New Pattullo Bridge Project. The general objectives for creating this new bridge are the following: Read more »