At the January 9, 2017 Regular Meeting, Delta Council received a presentation from Geoff Freer, Executive Project Director, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Mr. Freer provided an update on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, including a full project schedule. Mayor and Council continue to advocate for the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a bridge, and look forward to construction commencing in 2017. View the presentation.
On July 27, 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure submitted its Application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an environmental certificate to construct the Project. An Application Review period of up to 180 days ended on October 3, 2016. The planning phase of this project is complete and subject to finalizing the environmental review process, construction is expected to begin in 2017 with the new bridge complete by 2022.
Congestion at the George Massey Tunnel has been a long-standing issue of concern for Delta and Mayor Jackson and Council have worked tirelessly to make it a priority issue for the Provincial government. The replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a new bridge crossing will reduce the severe traffic congestion, in turn reducing collisions and increasing safety. It will also support increased transit ridership, cycling and pedestrian access, and protect the Highway 99 corridor for future rapid transit.
The George Massey Tunnel opened in 1959 and is a key component of the regional and provincial transportation system. According to 2006 data, the tunnel facilitates the passage of nearly 22,000 vehicles per lane each day, more than almost all other river crossings in the Pacific Northwest and Alberta. This volume of vehicles results in severe congestion, leading to routine queue lengths of 1.5 to 5 kilometres.
The George Massey Tunnel section has also proven to have a high rate of vehicle collisions. In a 2009 study, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure found that the tunnel section of Highway 99 had an average of 35-60 collisions per million vehicle kilometres, which is extremely high compared to the provincial average of 0.9 collisions per million vehicle kilometres.
On March 7, 2016, Council received a staff update regarding the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and information on the Metro Vancouver staff report that was submitted to the Intergovernment and Finance Committee requesting an additional two months to evaluate the impacts of the Project.
Delta Council supports the recommendations to send a copy of the Delta staff report to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure as well as all Metro Vancouver Directors. Furthermore, Delta Council will request that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure retain the current timeline for conducting the Project Definition Report review while continuing to receive input from stakeholders. View the staff report.
More information is available at: www.masseytunnel.ca. The public can also email comments and questions to: email@example.com or phone 1.8.555.MASSEY (1 855 562-7739).
On September 20, 2013, the Premier of British Columbia announced the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a new bridge.
Engineering and technical work is now underway for the bridge and associated Highway 99 corridor improvements in order to meet the commitment to begin construction in 2017.
Reports and Related Documents
Visit the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Website for more information on this project, including the schedule, or contact:
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- Community Office and Mailing Address:
George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project
2030 - 11662 Steveston Highway
Richmond, BC V7A 1N6
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm