Work to select a long-term solution for the George Massey Crossing is ongoing.
Between January and April 2019, our work focused on developing consensus on Principles, Goals and Objectives for the project.
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
On October 2, the Metro Vancouver Task Force indicated their preference for the 8-lane immersed tube tunnel option. The ministry continues to engage with all affected stakeholders which will be ongoing throughout the project.
Public consultation is tentatively planned for November/December 2019. Opportunities for public input will be widely advertised and we encourage everyone to participate. We also welcome feedback through the project email anytime. Sign-up for project updates to receive information about future consultation opportunities.
Phase 1 Engagement Results (Spring 2019)
From January through April, the ministry collaborated with key Metro Vancouver and First Nations leaders to identify shared principles, goals and objectives. 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.
There will be future opportunities for public engagement as well, and ongoing consultation throughout the rest of the process.
Safety and Reliability Improvements
Work is 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.
- Construction began in early September and will finish in November 2019. The majority of work will be done outside of peak traffic periods to minimize delays for travelers.
- Improving tunnel drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice at tunnel entrances.
- Construction is anticipated to start in early 2020 and be complete by mid-2020.
- Converting tunnel and roadway lighting to the LED standard to increase visibility for drivers.
- The lighting design has been completed and we anticipate the construction contract will be awarded in fall 2019, with work finishing in fall 2020.
- Additional tunnel washing is also ongoing, and was most recently completed in mid-June.
- Upgrading the fire alarm, fire door, ventilation, and electrical systems to ensure reliability and ongoing safety within the tunnel.
- Design work is complete with construction expected to get underway in early 2020, finishing in fall 2020.
The ministry is also working with key municipal, regional and First Nations groups to advance work that will address congestion relief in the traffic network. This includes improvements to the traffic network at the Steveston interchange to reduce congestion along the corridor, as well as improvements on the Delta side of the traffic network.