At the October 2, 2019 Metro Vancouver meeting of the George Massey Crossing Task Force, members endorsed their preferred option for an eight-lane immersed tube-tunnel to replace the existing George Massey Tunnel. In terms of next steps, the Task Force recommendation will be forwarded to a Metro Vancouver finance committee and then Metro’s Board of Directors for consideration, likely by the end of October or November. The BC Government is expected to start public consultation for this project in November/December 2019, learn more.
The George Massey Tunnel is a critical component of a transportation network that supports the local, regional and provincial economies, as well as facilitating trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Since the Tunnel opened in 1959, Metro Vancouver’s population and economy have grown significantly. As a result, traffic congestion and safety at the George Massey Tunnel have become major issues for the Delta community, and Delta Council have worked tirelessly to make it a priority issue for the Provincial government. A new crossing is urgently needed to improve safety, reduce vehicle collisions and improve emergency response times at the existing George Massey tunnel.
On December 17, 2018, the BC Government released the “Independent Technical Review of the George Massey Crossing.” The Technical Review’s findings and recommendations amount to a significant delay in the construction of a new crossing to relieve congestion at the George Massey Tunnel. The Provincial government has stated its intention to develop a new business case by fall 2020.