The B.C. government wants to replace the four-lane George Massey Tunnel with an eight-lane tunnel with two dedicated transit lanes. (Black Press Media)

Business case for Massey Tunnel replacement expected by fall: transportation ministry

Eight-lane immersed tunnel remains the preferred options

The business case for the crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel is expected this fall, according to the transportation ministry.

It has been more than a decade since planning began to replace the 61-year-old tunnel which connects Richmond to Delta and in pre-pandemic times carried more than 80,000 people each day.

Metro Vancouver’s board of directors endorsed an eight-lane immersed tube tunnel to replace the current structure in November, a 180 from the previous 10-lane bridge wanted by the former Liberal government. The environmental assessment for the new tunnel is expected to take three years, with construction to take another five.

The immersed tube option is expected to be a “comparable order of magnitude cost” to the 10-lane bridge, which was estimated at $3.5 billion. The chosen option was one of six bridge and tunnel choices presented to regional officials.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver debates options on Massey crossing recommendation

In a statement, the transportation ministry said the plan remained on track and the new crossing was not expected to have tolls, which the NDP government removed from all bridges shortly after coming into office.

“It’s our goal to confirm the preferred solution and complete the business case by this fall,” the ministry said. The planned tunnel would have eight lanes, two of which would be earmarked for traffic and incorporate active transportation, like cycling.

The current Massey Tunnel has an approximately 50-year lifespan, transportation ministry staff said last fall, but does not meet current seismic standards. The province is currently working on safety improvements for the existing crossing, including LED lights to better illuminate the tunnel and save energy, and better drainage to prevent ice build-up and water from pooling at the entrances. The improvements are due to be completed by spring 2021.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver board endorses 8-lane replacement for Massey Tunnel


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

TrafficTransportation

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey, White Rock seniors find their groove

Parking-lot line-dancing is helping keep Kent Street Activity Centre members moving during pandemic

‘Family meetup centres’ helping White Rock seniors reconnect with loved ones

Converted shipping container allows face-to-face time while ensuring physical distancing

Surrey seniors call Seniors’ Centre Without Walls, a new-to-B.C. program

‘Crazy coincidence’ saw program connect soon after COVID-19 pandemic hit

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Surrey pushing the poor out of Whalley, public hearing speakers say

‘There is a war on the poor here in Surrey,’ resident Dave Diewert tells city council

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

COVID claims 23rd Langley Lodge patient, making it the deadliest outbreak in B.C.

Coronavirus kills another senior at Langley care home, bringing B.C. total to 166

Family of dead B.C. football star urge changes to mental health policies in hospitals

Uko family disappointed in actions of Regina hospital, hosting public funeral service this weekend

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Maple Ridge woman fights WorkSafe BC over police widow’s pension

Dalila Vroom says husband, Const. Rob Vroom, died as a result of PTSD from time with Abbotsford PD

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

Most Read

l -->