Why is the Project Needed?
The George Massey Tunnel is a key component of the regional and provincial transportation system, carrying an average of 80,000 vehicles each day. In response to growing concerns about the impact of congestion, and recognizing that the existing tunnel has about 10 years of useful life remaining, the Province of British Columbia has committed to constructing a replacement crossing.
The new bridge and Highway 99 improvements will serve current and forecast demand for travel for many decades to come. This includes transit reliability improvements and a pedestrian and cycling pathway to help increase use of non-car transportation alternatives. The new bridge also will serve as a lifeline structure in the event of a significant seismic event.
The Ministry also has invested in short-term improvements, including lengthening the Steveston off-ramp on Highway 99 at the north end of the George Massey Tunnel. This will improve safety and reduce Highway 99 congestion for motorists at this location.
Queues at the Tunnel and Alex Fraser Bridge Without Improvements
Hours of Delay at the Tunnel Without Improvements