Phase 1

The Province, in collaboration with key municipal, regional and participating First Nations, is planning for interim improvements (Phase 1) as a preliminary solution to help alleviate congestion on Hwy 99 while planning for a long-term solution (Phase 2) for the George Massey Crossing continues.

The ministry is proposing:

  • Improvements at the Steveston interchange
  • Lane efficiency improvements at Highway 17A
  • Enhancing transit reliability along Highway 99

More details are available in the document library.

Phase 2

Option Analysis

Work to select a long-term solution for the George Massey Crossing is ongoing.

Through technical analysis and working closely with First Nations, Metro Vancouver, TransLink, municipalities and key stakeholders, the ministry has shortlisted two viable options for a future crossing: an immersed tube tunnel or long-span bridge.

In each case, the design includes six general purpose lanes plus two for transit, incorporates active transportation, protects for future rail-based transit, and retains the existing tunnel for utilities. Options with risk of sink holes and significant costs were eliminated.

It’s the ministry’s goal to complete the business case by fall 2020.

More details are available in the document library.

2019 Engagement Results 

Between January and April 2019, our work focused on developing consensus on Principles, Goals and Objectives for the project. Through this process it was determined that that the crossing must be aligned with existing plans, provide improved safety, reliability and connectivity, and support the following project goals:

• sustainability of communities;
• increased use of sustainable modes of transportation, (transit, cycling, walking, HOV);
• enhanced regional goods movement and commerce; and,
• a healthy environment.

In June 2019, a preliminary Long-List of Options was developed as a result of engagement to date and an Evaluation Framework that reflects the principles, goals and objectives, to assist in assessing options and selecting a preferred option. A technical engineering services contract was awarded to COWI North America to provide support.

In July 2019, the Mayors’ Task Force endorsed a short list of six options, based on the ministry project team’s high-level assessment of the long-list of options. The short-list focuses on addressing significant off-peak congestion, managing peak congestion, and providing attractive options for transit and active transportation. All of the shortlisted options call for a total of eight lanes with two lanes dedicated for transit. The short-list is:

• 6-lane bridge, plus 2 traffic lanes and multi-use path (MUP) in existing tunnel
• 6-lane bored tunnel, plus 2 traffic lanes and MUP in existing tunnel
• 6-lane immersed tube tunnel, plus 2 traffic lanes and MUP in existing tunnel
• 8-lane bridge with MUP
• 8-lane bored tunnel, plus MUP in existing tunnel
• 8-lane immersed tube tunnel, plus MUP in new or existing tunnel

Each of the shortlisted options had technical challenges. Using the approved evaluation framework and working with the Task Force, the project team further shortlisted in September 2019 to identify the two options that represented best value:

• 8-lane immersed tube tunnel with MUP (Metro Vancouver preferred solution)
• 8-lane bridge with MUP

The ministry’s engagement with all affected stakeholders will be ongoing throughout the project.

Safety and Reliability Improvements

Work is also ongoing through 2020 on safety improvements estimated to cost $40 million.  Projects include:

  • Resurfacing and line painting on Highway 99 between Steveston Highway and the Highway 17 Interchange.
    • Completed in November 2019
  • Construction is expected to begin this spring on:
    • Improving tunnel drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice on the road at tunnel entrances
    • Converting tunnel and roadway lighting to the LED standard to increase visibility
    • Upgrading the fire alarm, fire door, ventilation, and electrical systems to ensure reliability and ongoing safety within the tunnel
  • Additional tunnel washing is also ongoing