A new, eight-lane immersed tube tunnel (ITT) will replace the George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99, providing people a toll-free crossing that aligns with regional interests.
Two options werero presented in the business case, received in December 2020 – an eight-lane ITT and eight-lane bridge. Both options were given serious consideration, and each has its benefits and trade-offs. The ITT has been chosen as it will:
- meet regional goals and objectives, and was endorsed by the Metro Vancouver Board;
- be comparable to existing conditions, whereas a bridge would introduce new visual, noise, shading and lighting impacts over the life of the structure;
- have fewer impacts to agricultural land and will not have vessel height requirements (meaning larger ships can still pass through);
- better facilitate the movement of trucks and cyclists with a much lower overall elevation change; and
- provide protection from inclement weather for everyone who uses this crossing.
The ITT will feature two four-lane roadway tubes with a dedicated bus-only transit lane in each direction and an additional five-metre wide tube for pedestrians and cyclists.
The next step in the project is to prepare and issue the Request for Qualifications, with a proponent shortlist expected in 2023.
Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) will lead the delivery of the George Massey Crossing Project on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. TI Corp will provide the controls, practices and other oversight that are essential for this complex project.
More details on the GMC Program projects are available in the document library.
The Province, in collaboration with key municipal, regional and participating Indigenous groups, will begin work this fall on Corridor Improvements as a preliminary solution to help alleviate congestion along Highway 99 while planning, procurement and permitting for the new immersed tube tunnel continues.
The Province has now submitted its Application for an Amendment to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The full application and amendment can be found on the EAO’s website located here: GMTRP EAC Amendment Application FINAL
Engagement to Date
The Ministry recently completed the early engagement process for an amendment to Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) # T17-01 on the George Massey Crossing Project. Feedback and comments on the proposed amendment were completed as of April 24, 2021 and the application has been submitted to the EAO.
The Ministry held public information sessions in February 2020 to share the results of analysis to date and seek feedback on shortlisted options as well as planning for Corridor improvements along Highway 99.
Safety and Reliability Improvements
The Safety Improvements Project required a $40 million investment and is now completed. The following work was done as part of the safety and reliability improvements:
- Resurfacing and line painting on Highway 99 between Steveston Highway and the Highway 17 Interchange.
- Converting tunnel and roadway lighting to the LED standard to increase visibility for drivers.Improving tunnel portal sub-drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice at tunnel entrances.
- Improving tunnel portal sub-drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice at tunnel entrances.