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 now ongoing through 2020 for immediate safety improvements to the tunnel that will cost an estimated $40 million:
- Converting tunnel and roadway lighting to the new LED standard and washing the interior more frequently will increase visibility for drivers;
- Upgrading the alarm, pumping, ventilation, fire door and electrical systems to meet current standards and ensure reliability;
- Resurfacing Highway 99 between Steveston Highway and the Highway 17 Interchange, including better lane markings and more reflective signs to improve safety; and,
- Improving tunnel drainage to reduce the risk to drivers from pooling water and ice at tunnel entrances.
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.