Tunnel snarls prompt province to find options

The provincial government will soon be asking for proposals on options to replace the George Massey Tunnel.

Work to develop options for a long-term solution for the George Massey crossing is currently underway and the request will be posted on BC Bid over the next few days to identify a technical team to support this phase.

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Options will be based on consultation as well as the results of the independent technical review released in December 2018. The target completion for this phase of work is the end of November 2019.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will work closely with the newly formed Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Task Force, which includes Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Indigenous groups, TransLink, local municipalities and other stakeholders to explore and evaluate crossing options.

According to a press release from the ministry, the province plans to identify options to meet the needs of people who live and work in the region and reduce traffic congestion, as well as support transit and provide active transportation alternatives along the corridor.

From January through April 2019, the ministry collaborated with Metro Vancouver and Indigenous leaders to identify shared principles, goals and objectives. Through this process, it was determined that the crossing must be consistent with existing plans, provide improved safety, reliability and connectivity, and support the following project goals: sustainability of communities, increased use of sustainable modes of transportation, for example, transit, cycling, walking, HOV; enhanced regional goods movement and commerce; and a healthy environment.

A final business case will be completed by fall 2020, according to the province.

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