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.
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.
There is significant support for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project from across the region, including support from Tsawwassen First Nation, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, Delta & Richmond Chambers of Commerce, Westshore Terminals, Vancouver International Airport, the Shipping Federation of Canada, BC Trucking Association, and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.