This project is about whether the Golden Ears Bridge is affecting us in a positive or negative way. I’ve listed the pros and cons below as well as a conclusion. The Golden Ears Bridge is in British Columbia, Canada and connects the cities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley, and beyond. It runs across the Fraser River, a long river that stretches across British Columbia.
One of the nicest things about the Golden Ears Bridge is that it saves time for people to cross the river. Before the bridge was built, it took about 40 minutes for cars to get from one side of the river to the other. Now with the bridge, it takes very little time. For people who have to cross the river on a regular basis, the bridge is very useful and convenient.
Boosts The Economy
The Golden Ears Bridge connects the communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley, Surrey, and beyond. Allowing people to travel fast and easy to different areas attracts people who may want to live here. The bridge gives people opportunities to apply for jobs on the other side of the river, which means that more people can have work. As the population of our community and the number of people with jobs grow, our economy will increase gradually as well.
Everyday, we create greenhouse gas while driving. The Golden Ears Bridge is actually helping us to keep our environment clean and green, which is what Pitt Meadows is recognized for. Since we can reach our destination in a shorter period of time using the bridge, it shows that we are driving less and creating lesser pollutions.
Healthy Life Styles
The Golden Ears Bridge is not just for cars. The bridge features bike-pedestrian protected lanes on each side. This will encourage people to walk and bike instead of to drive. Also, more people might want do it because it’s free and it creates less pollution.
Driving cars create green house gas, which is a kind of pollution that’s very harsh for our environment. Since the Golden Ears Bridge makes traveling over the Fraser River a lot faster and easier, then it’s also encouraging more people to buys cars.
The Fraser River
The Golden Ears Bridge runs across the Fraser River. As cars drive by, the river is being polluted by gasses and chemicals. The Fraser River is one of the most important rivers in British Columbia because we use it for many purposes. We drink water from the lake, we eat crops that grew by, and many salmons spawn in it. As you can see that if a part of the river is strongly polluted, it will travel into the sensitive areas and our agricultural land, which will be a big disaster for our community.
Cost of the bridge
The Golden Ears Bridge had a fixed total construction cost of $808 million (CAN), well over the initial budget of $600 million. Instead of using all that money on the bridge, the money could have been used for something else in our community. Imagine what 808 million could have done! We’re not saying that all of the money went to waste; it’s just that there are people who are homeless, hungry, and dying in our community.
Concerns about cracks on the Golden Ears Bridge are already becoming a problem. Many are saying that because they were trying to finish it before the 2010 Winter Olympics, they rushed through and didn’t let the concrete dry properly. Now small cracks and lines are showing on the bridge which is a huge safety concern. The bridge might be holding on, but what if an earthquake occurs? it may be a good choice to fix it as soon as possible before anything happens.
After we have listed almost all of the pros and cons about the Golden Ears Bridge, we realized that it’s a tough one to decide. The bridge definitely has more cons but we also have some very strong points to support the idea that it’s affecting us in a positive way. For us families that own cars, its definitely a positive thing because it’s so convenient. On the other hand, for our community in general, it’s creating a lot of pollution which is horrible for our environment. So instead of proving my prediction right or wrong, I’m just going to say that it’s a little bit of both but I do think that there is a solution for it.
We thought to ourselves, what’s something that provides easy transportation for us but also creates little pollution for the environment as well? We came up with a solution that might be able to solve the problem. Instead of encouraging people to drive often by building more bridges, we should build different forms of public transportation like sky/air trains, bike lanes, and buses. We got these ideas from the transportation system in Japan. Most people in Japan travel in bullet trains. Bullet train is a high speed train that travels up to 300km/h and it’s also very quite so it won’t disturb any near by neighborhoods. We think creating more public transportation like that can really boot the economy and is also a lot less harsh on the environment. That’s what we like to call “A Greener Golden Ears”