On December 17, 2018, the Provincial government issued the key findings of a technical review of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. View Mayor George V. Harvie’s statement on the future of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.
The Provincial government is expected to engage with regional municipalities and First Nations to identify new criteria and goals for a South Fraser crossing in January 2019. This consultation is expected to inform further engineering to assess appropriate bridge and tunnel options, with a new business case to be developed by fall 2020.
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.
There is significant support for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project from across the region, including support from Tsawwassen First Nation, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, Delta & Richmond Chambers of Commerce, Westshore Terminals, Vancouver International Airport, the Shipping Federation of Canada, BC Trucking Association, and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.