A recent report to Delta Council highlighted the significant cost differences between the various crossing options, as shown in the graph below. The low bid for the bridge construction came in well below the initial estimate of $3.5 billion at $2.6 billion, placing the bridge as the lowest cost option by a significant margin. See full report.
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 majors issues for the Delta community, and Mayor Jackson and Council have worked tirelessly to make it a priority issue for the Provincial government. In 2012, the B.C. government commenced a study of options to address the Highway 99 corridor. After analysis and consultation, a new bridge to replace the Tunnel emerged as the most appropriate and supported solution.
The replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a new ten-lane bridge will relieve one of the worst highway bottle-necks in Canada and save businesses and commuters millions of dollars lost as a result of congestion, accidents and travel delays. The project will improve safety, reducing vehicle collisions and improving emergency response times. The project will also create new opportunities to diversify transportation options, promote healthier, low-carbon travel choices, and move the region towards its sustainability goals.
Delta Council is supportive of the new Provincial government’s decision to undertake an independent review of the project in order to ensure that any decision regarding a new crossing is based on the best available information. The report is expected the spring.