Planning for a replacement commenced in 2012. However, studies for a potential expanded tunnel or replacement date to the early 1990s.

The planning phase spanned from 2012 through 2016 and included three phases of consultation, technical analysis, and community and stakeholder engagement.

Consultation on the Project Definition Report, which ended January 2016, completed the planning phase of Project development.

The environmental assessment process commenced December 2015 and the Ministry received its Environmental Assessment Certificate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the Project, in February 2017.

Construction was expected to begin in 2017, with the new bridge completed by 2022.

The request for qualifications (RFQ) closed in August 3, 2016. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued to three short-listed teams in October 2016.

On September 6, 2017, the Province announced an independent technical review of the George Massey Tunnel crossing. This independent review is expected to be finished in spring 2018 and will include recommendations to the Province on the best option for this crossing. Once the review has been completed, the Province will determine next steps to address the congestion along the corridor based on the recommendations received.