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

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP shoot dog in South Surrey after it charges officer

Member of the public not seriously injured after dog bite

VIDEO: Surrey soccer team wins national title for teammate Bassi, killed in car crash last spring

‘It meant the world to us to win it for him,’ says team manager/coach

South Surrey mother leads team of women to build homes in El Salvador

Kelley McNamara and her daughter are to help build a dozen homes in three days

Donation allows Peace Arch Hospital to buy new ventilator

TB Vets donate $73,000 to hospital foundation

Paul Bennett honoured at Peace Arch Hospital Foundation awards

Cloverdale man, murdered in June 2018, was one of a number of people to be honoured

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Most Read

l -->