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

Proudly Surrey modifies child-care policy

Slate wants to use school board property for child-care spaces

Surrey school board wants to expand French Immersion program

District had to close program at Cougar Creek Elementary due to low enrolment

VIDEO: Scarecrow festival kicks off in Port Kells

Fourth-annual event will be on until Halloween

Delta to craft whistle-blower policy

The policy is meant to increase public trust and create support for staff in questionable situations

White Rock rail forum leads to renewed calls for relocation

Upgrading safety is not enough say local politicians

VIDEO: North Delta Studio Stomp back for sixth year

The annual art event has local artists opening their studios to the public this weekend

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read

l -->