In February 2017, the BC Government issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project, which includes:
- Building a new 10-lane, clear span bridge over the South Arm of the Fraser River;
- Replacing the Westminster Highway, Steveston Highway and Highway 17A interchanges;
- Widening of Highway 99 between Bridgeport Road in Richmond and Highway 91 in Delta to accommodate dedicated transit/HOV lanes; and
- Decommissioning the George Massey Tunnel.
The George Massey Tunnel Replacement project will require various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed. The BC Environmental Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met throughout the duration of the project.
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.
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 with the new bridge scheduled for completion in 2022.
Reports and Related Documents
Visit the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Website for more information on this project, including the schedule, or contact:
- e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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