The province’s plan to replace the George Massey Tunnel will disrupt local commuters

LETTERS: Farsighted vision leaves us short

Editor:

Nice to see the work to eliminate the Massey Tunnel and replace it with a 10-lane bridge is continuing apace.

Editor:

Nice to see the work to eliminate the Massey Tunnel and replace it with a 10-lane bridge is continuing apace.

The premier and her government are to be commended for pressing ahead with the bridge alternative in what they described as a “visionary long-term solution.”

“Visionary” indeed to deliver infrastructure at the end of the first quarter of the 21st century which further ties us to the burning of fossil fuels in the face of the increasing evidence of rapid climate change.

“Visionary” to ignore that a bridge will permit and encourage industrial and residential development south of the Fraser.

And it really will be a “long-term solution” – government signs announce “bridge construction starts 2017”.

So, three to five years to complete the project at a cost of $3 billion during which we disrupt residents of White Rock, South Surrey, Delta and Richmond, tourism, ferry traffic and truck and commercial traffic.

For a fraction of the cost, we could instead add a third tunnel to support expanded public transportation. This would address the objectives of “people movement” and “relieving congestion” while providing a more sensible legacy. But this fails to eliminate the tunnel – which is necessary to allow ocean-going vessels to travel up the Fraser River. Don’t forget the “visionary” plans to ship American thermal coal to Asia which is facilitated by this decision!

The case for a bridge was so obvious, we didn’t even need a lengthy and messy public enquiry. A short period of public input on the alternatives was allowed before quickly announcing that removing the tunnel is the best option.

So, I suggest the bridge should be christened “The Christy Clark Memorial Bridge,” so that future generations will know exactly whom to thank for this “visionary long-term” piece of infrastructure.

Scott McMullan, Surrey

 

 

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