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Bridge Projects

Golden Ears Bridge

TransLink owns and maintains five bridges in the Metro Vancouver region:

  • Golden Ears Bridge
  • Knight Street Bridge
  • Pattullo Bridge
  • Westham Island Bridge
  • The Canada Line Bike and Pedestrian bridge

As part of TransLink's Maintenance and Repair Program, we perform regular maintenance and rehabilitation work on all the bridges to maintain the safety and reliability of each.

Bridges with active maintenance and repair work can be found on this page.

The Golden Ears Bridge is a 1 kilometre six-lane bridge spanning the Fraser River and connecting the communities of Surrey and Langley to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. It was built to replace the upstream Albion Ferry serving as a more efficient river crossing for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Since it’s opening in 2009, the bridge has helped to reduce commute times for users and greenhouse gas emissions by preventing longer-than-necessary vehicle trips. The bridge also features bike-pedestrian protected lanes in both directions and is well utilized by commuter and recreational cyclists.

Spanning 1.4 kilometres across the North Arm of the Fraser River, the Knight Street Bridge has served as a critical connection for the movement of people, goods, and services between Vancouver and Richmond since opening in 1974. The bridge also provides access to Mitchell Island and two major highways at its south end.

With more than 100,000 vehicle crossings on an average weekday, the Knight Street Bridge is the second busiest bridge in the Lower Mainland, and maintenance is critical to ensuring the continued safety and reliability of this crossing for all bridge users.

As part of our Maintenance and Upgrade Program, TransLink rehabilitated components of the Knight Street Bridge in 2023/2024. This work included deck bearing replacement, deck resurfacing, and cycling/pedestrian railing replacement.

Rehabilitation work details:

  • Bearing replacement
    • Replacing original bridge bearings with new bearings to ensure continued integrity of the structure.
  • Pavement rehabilitation
    • Milling and repaving the top layer of concrete deck with polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay to prevent future corrosion.
  • Railing replacement
    • Replacing the railing separating vehicle lanes from the sidewalk to provide more protective separation between vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

The essential project ensures this vital crossing remains safe and reliable for years to come.

Opened in 1937, the Pattullo Bridge is part of the Major Road Network, serving as a connection between Surrey, New Westminster, and Burnaby. Regular inspection and maintenance of the Pattullo Bridge is ongoing to ensure the safety and functionality of the bridge. This work will keep the bridge operational until a new replacement is complete.

The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below. As one of TransLink’s oldest assets, the bridge requires repairs and maintenance to ensure it remains operational and safe.

TransLink began replacing deteriorated structural and mechanical components of the Westham Island Bridge swing span in early 2023. The project was completed in November 2023.

This work included:

  • Replacement of eight inner gusset plates, six outer gusset plates two floor beams, deteriorated connections and reinforcement plates, centre bearing assembly, gear boxes, jack shaft, and electrical cable.

This rehabilitation project will ensure the 113-year-old Westham Island Bridge remains safe and operational for years to come.

TransLink is undertaking ongoing bridge deck replacement work in 2024.