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GE Bridge will get quieter

TransLink will install more sound-absorbing material in the bridge joints once the weather warms.  - The News/Files
TransLink will install more sound-absorbing material in the bridge joints once the weather warms.
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The City of Pitt Meadows assures residents who’ve been complaining about noise from the Golden Ears Bridge that a fix is coming.
TransLink is still installing sound-absorbing material in expansion joints on the bridge deck and viaducts.
“They are just waiting for the weather to change and they will finish off the other joints,” said Coun. Deb Walters.
While the joints meet transportation ministry standards, the percussion noise that results from vehicle tires driving over the gaps between them bothers people in nearby neighbourhoods of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Residents have petitioned the city and continue to ask councillors to lobby TransLink for a solution.
TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider confirmed work will recommence on the joints as soon as the weather warms.
“Once we get the proper weather, it should take a week to install,” he added.
Once the neoprene, elastic-type product, similar to wet suit material, is installed along with a non-woven fabric filler, TransLink will ask an acoustic consultant to do more tests to check noise levels.

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