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Golden Ears Bridge

Project at a glance




Contractor: Bilfinger Berger

Owner: Translink


Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Fraser River crossing to connect Surrey and Pitt Meadows

Products + Scope

Expansion JointsExpansion Joints IconExpansion JointsGuard RailsGuard Rails IconGuard RailsStructural BearingStructural Bearing IconStructural Bearing

Pedestrian Railings for Walkways

Guardrail for Approach Ramps

Main Span Traffic Guard Rail

Structure Details

Completed in May of 2009 following a 38-month construction period, the 808-million dollar Golden Ears Bridge links commuters north of the Fraser River to the Fraser Valley section of the Trans Canada Highway. This former ferry route is 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.

Project Highlights

  • Marcon was the only fabricator with the ability to meet the design complexity and timeline attributed to the protection rail system.

  • Specific material and configuration requests for the protective guarding required a fabricator with a dependable North American supplier network and creative procurement methods to accommodate time and budget constraints.

  • The requested elliptical guard rail design required development of specialized tooling to press round pipe into an elliptical profile.

  • The project was deemed one of the largest privately-financed concession 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). These acknowledgements recognized the innovative funding approach that saved taxpayers 10-million dollars.

  • The Golden Ears Bridge northern approach roadway won an Award of Merit from the ACEC-BC in 2010 for Engineering Excellence.