Mayor Harvie was recently appointed to the new Metro Vancouver George Massey Crossing Task Force. The Task Force includes representation from the City of Delta, City of Langley, Township of Langley, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, Tsawwassen First Nation, City of Vancouver, City of White Rock, the Mayors’ Council, and the Metro Vancouver Board. Mayor Harvie brought almost all of these entities together on February 21, 2019 to achieve consensus and present a united voice to the provincial government about the need to take immediate action to solve traffic congestion at the George Massey Tunnel. View the news release.
The George Massey Tunnel is a critical component of a transportation network that supports the local, regional and provincial economies, as well as facilitating trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Since the Tunnel opened in 1959, Metro Vancouver’s population and economy have grown significantly. As a result, traffic congestion and safety at the George Massey Tunnel have become major issues for the Delta community, and Delta Council have worked tirelessly to make it a priority issue for the Provincial government. A new crossing is urgently needed to improve safety, reduce vehicle collisions and improve emergency response times at the existing George Massey tunnel.
On December 17, 2018, the BC Government released the “Independent Technical Review of the George Massey Crossing.” The Technical Review’s findings and recommendations amount to a significant delay in the construction of a new crossing to relieve congestion at the George Massey Tunnel. The Provincial government has stated its intention to develop a new business case by fall 2020.
Under Delta’s leadership, a consortium of Metro Vancouver Mayors and First Nation Chiefs have agreed that a deep-bore tunnel, which includes dedicated capacity for transit, cycling and pedestrians, is the preferred solution that avoids in-river impacts and the loss of agricultural land.