Work to develop and analyze options for a long-term solution for the George Massey Crossing is now underway. The ministry is working with the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Task Force, Indigenous groups, TransLink, local municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a preliminary long-list of crossing options and a multiple account evaluation framework to assess the options.
Options will be further refined through technical analysis and input received from public consultation. The target completion for this phase of work is fall 2019.
Public consultation is tentatively planned for later fall 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 is expected to begin before the end of August and finish later in the fall. The majority of work will be done outside of peak traffic periods to minimize delays for travellers.
- In addition, last month crews installed higher visibility raised pavement markings on the approaches to and through the tunnel.
- Improving tunnel drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice at tunnel entrances.
- Currently out for tender on BC Bid. Construction is anticipated to start in September and be complete by the end of the year.
- Converting tunnel and roadway lighting to the LED standard to increase visibility for drivers.
- The lighting design is underway, and we anticipate construction to begin in late 2019 and be finished in summer 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 progressing, with construction expected to get underway in late 2019, finishing in summer 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.