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Eight-lane toll-free tunnel to replace George Massey Tunnel

Eight-lane toll-free tunnel to replace George Massey Tunnel

August 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm  BC, News, Politics

Sav Dhaliwal, chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors

“We are encouraged by the collaborative approach taken by the Province in working with Metro Vancouver and the Mayors’ Council to develop and implement a solution to what is widely recognized as one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in B.C. The Province’s decision to replace the George Massey Tunnel with an eight-lane immersed-tube tunnel is supported by the Metro Vancouver Board, and we believe this is the best option to support the efficient movement of people and goods around the region.”

Malcolm Brodie, mayor, City of Richmond

“Today’s announcement is a great step forward and will make travel safer and easier for people travelling along this important corridor. This new tunnel will finally address our region’s worst bottleneck. As long-standing supporters of the tunnel proposal, we commend government for recognizing the benefits this approach will bring to the region’s long-term transportation challenges.”

George V. Harvie, mayor, City of Delta

“I’m so pleased to be a part of this announcement and see this project move forward to support our communities and economy. A new George Massey Crossing will deliver significant benefits for Delta residents and the entire region by addressing the traffic congestion along the crucial Highway 99 corridor. Advocating for an infrastructure project of this magnitude and scope requires collaboration and today’s announcement reflects the collective effort and support of mayors and First Nations Chiefs in the region. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the provincial government in advancing this critical infrastructure project to help improve the movement of goods, people and overall liveability in the region.”

Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

“We are pleased to see progress on a tunnel-replacement project that will address traffic bottlenecks and bring travel time reliability to one of the most important north-to-south transportation corridors for commuters, goods movement, cross-border transportation and ferry traffic. Following this exciting announcement, we look forward to working with the Province on the development of the tunnel replacement to ensure the continued safe navigation of marine-vessel traffic along the Fraser River.”

Bridgitte Anderson, president and chief executive officer, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

“Greater Vancouver is Canada’s Asia-Pacific gateway, and the George Massey Crossing is a crucial economic artery for the movement of people and goods that our region has long outgrown. We welcome this announcement. The business community has been vocal for years in advocating for a solution that will relieve congestion at this critical bottleneck, and it’s imperative that all levels of government work co-operatively alongside Indigenous partners to move the project forward in a cost-effective manner without further delay.”

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