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TransLink test finds Golden Ears Bridge quieter

Cloth-like inserts have reduced noise on the bridge deck between six and 10 decibels.  - The News/Files
Cloth-like inserts have reduced noise on the bridge deck between six and 10 decibels.
— image credit: The News/Files

A solution to quieten the noisy expansion joints on the Golden Ears Bridge has reduced the din on its deck and in nearby neighbourhoods.

Testing done by TransLink found the cloth-like inserts have reduced noise on the bridge deck between six and 10 decibels, while night time noise heard in Pitt Meadows along Wildwood Crescent dropped by more than 10 decibels.

Work on the remaining joints will be complete by early August.

Meanwhile, additional speed and noise reduction measures, which include larger speed limit signs, use of engine brake signs, additional road markings, and LED speed limit signs, are being considered by TransLink.

Despite requests from nearby residents, the noise walls won’t be getting any higher.

Vincent Gonsalves, a community relations coordinator for TransLink said the one year post-construction noise monitoring report has been reviewed and confirmed that the current noise walls sufficiently comply with provincial policy.

“Therefore TransLink will not be pursuing any further actions regarding noise wall height,” he said in an update emailed to residents.

At the suggestion of Coun. John Becker, Pitt Meadows is considering forming a committee to address concerns about the toll bridge.

City staff will be contacting TransLink to inquire about facilitating and co-ordinating a stakeholders meeting involving all four municipalities that border the bridge.

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