About the project
The Fraser River Tunnel Project includes a new, eight-lane immersed tube tunnel that will replace the existing George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99, providing people with a toll-free crossing that aligns with regional interests.
The new crossing will have three vehicle lanes and a dedicated transit lane in each direction, with a separated active transportation corridor for cyclists and pedestrians.
The Project also includes:
- Replacing the Deas Slough Bridge
- Removing the existing tunnel once the new immersed tunnel is in operation
Two options were presented in the business case: an eight-lane immersed tube tunnel and eight-lane bridge. The immersed tube tunnel was selected because it:
- Best meets regional goals and objectives, as endorsed by the Metro Vancouver Board
- Is comparable to existing conditions, whereas a bridge would introduce new visual, noise, shading and lighting impacts over the life of the structure
- Has fewer impacts to agricultural land and will not have vessel height requirements (meaning larger ships can still pass through)
- Better facilitates the movement of trucks and cyclists with a much lower overall elevation change
- Provides protection from inclement weather for everyone who uses this crossing
The Fraser River Tunnel Project is one of the five projects under the Highway 99 Tunnel Program delivered by the Province of BC.
Planning and delivery process
The Project planning and delivery process includes several key phases and Environmental Assessment (EA) process milestones, including four opportunities for public engagement as outlined in the following graphic. Early Engagement is the first phase, which provides an opportunity for all interested parties to better understand the project and establishes a foundation for the rest of the Environmental Assessment. Feedback received during this phase will be compiled into an engagement summary report by the Environmental Assessment Office for review and consideration by the Project.
The new immersed tube tunnel will meet modern seismic standards and be built to modern design standards. It will also provide safe options for pedestrians, cyclists and other modes of active transportation.
The new tunnel will provide a dedicated active transportation connection for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Fraser River on Highway 99.
Transit will be quicker, safer and more reliable with dedicated bus-only lanes to accommodate fast and frequent bus rapid transit service.
The new tunnel will provide more capacity and more reliable travel for goods and service trips, allowing for increased business, economic growth and productivity.