Couple sues after Golden Ears Bridge drives noise and pollution home

Vancouver Sun

By Neal Hall

A Maple Ridge couple living under the Golden Ears Bridge is suing for the noise, pollution and invasion of privacy caused by the new $800-million bridge.

The home of Andy and Shirley Sasiadeks, located on the bank of the Fraser River, once was a tranquil spot.

But they claim that changed with the construction of the bridge and the booming noise of constant traffic overhead once the bridge opened two months ago.

“The bridge has caused considerable degradation of the use, enjoyment and value of their property by virtue of its intrusive physical presence and the associated noise, increased air pollution, falling debris, night-time lighting, diminution of natural light and view, smells and increased threats of mishap, injury to occupants and impact upon health,” says the Sasiadeks’s legal action filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

Named as defendants are the provincial government, the South Coast B.C. Transportation Authority and the B.C. Transportation Financing Authority.

The couple’s lawsuit adds: “This particular property is of unique value to the plaintiffs, being both their residence and ideally suited to their fishing business.”

Their commercial fishing boat is docked in front of their home.

Initially the couple was not offered a penny for their troubles, with TransLink insisting the new bridge was built along the neighbouring right-of-way and the couple didn’t qualify for compensation.

But last May, when The Vancouver Sun asked whether the couple would be offered compensation, the transportation authority called the Sasiadeks to set up a meeting.

That meeting obviously did not end in a satisfactory offer for the couple, who decided to seek damages under the Expropriation Act. They could not be reached for comment Thursday.

TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said officials had a series of meetings with the Sasiadeks to try to buy or expropriate the property, but they decided they wanted to retain their home and be compensated for the adverse conditions created by the bridge.

“We’re prepared to work with them,” he said Wednesday. “There will be a settlement.”

Meanwhile, about 100 residents living beside the on-ramp have complained to Pitt Meadows council that vehicles driving over the metal expansion grates make a loud clacking sound that can be heard in their homes.

An average of 47,000 vehicles drive over the bridge each day.

nhall@vancouversun.com

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