Golden Ears Bridge from the Langley side of the Fraser River. Langley Advance files.

Golden Ears Bridge from the Langley side of the Fraser River. Langley Advance files.

Crane in Fraser strikes Golden Ears Bridge

Langley commuters saw some damage to the bridge Wednesday morning.

The Golden Ears Bridge railing took a hit Wednesday morning when an overheight crane on a barge plowed into the bridge’s east side.

The strike damaged the railing along the northbound bike lane, said TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan.

The collision apparently took place sometime around 4 a.m., which is when contractors for the bridge were notified, Bryan said.

Engineers diad a visual inspection of the scene Wednesday morning.

“At this point, they believe there’s no structural damage to the bridge,” said Bryan.

However, engineers will be on scene for a more thorough survey.

One northbound lane and one sidewalk are closed for now.

It’s uncertain how long the bike lane/sidewalk on the east side will be closed for repairs.

As for why the crane struck, it’s unknown, but water levels in the river are higher than normal at this time of year.

Langley Advance

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