George Massey Tunnel replacement consultations – 5 options

| March 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

George Massey Tunnel proposals include new tunnel, bridge, no change, keeping both bridge and tunnel

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Lower Mainland transportation

There are five proposals up for consideration at the second phase of George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project consultations which began March 11.

Building on feedback from the first phase, the phase two aims to gather more public input and evaluate different replacement scenarios.

The first scenario is to maintain the existing tunnel. It calls for seismic upgrades to the tunnel and improved lighting inside the tunnel.

The second proposal calls for replacing the George Massey Tunnel with a new bridge. The bridge will have more capacity. Under this replacement the tunnel will be decommissioned.

There is a third suggestion that proposes the construction of a new tunnel adjacent to the current tunnel. The new tunnel will offer more capacity and will completely replace the old one.

Construction of a new bridge, without decommissioning the tunnel, makes the crux of the fourth proposal.

The final proposal in the list is to build a new crossing while maintaining and upgrading the tunnel.

People can share their thoughts on these proposals online, at stakeholder meetings or through three open houses. Richmond, Surrey and Delta are hosting one open house each.

April 2 is the last day to participate in the phase two of discussions.

The first phase of discussions on the George Massey Tunnel concluded in December. More than 1,100 people participated in the discussions.

The George Massey Tunnel was built in the 1950s. It is a four-lane tunnel which provides passage to approximately 80,000 vehicles everyday.

Even though the George Massey Tunnel still has between 10 and 15 years of useful life left, the government is insisting on a replacement design because it has estimated it would take a decade to go from the drawing board to a working replacement.

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