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That 3.5 billion dollar project that just seems to go ahead regardless of public input  from others in Metro Vancouver or from other Mayors has just reached another (no pun intended) milestone-it’s out for preliminary construction work tender.

The Delta Optimist states that the contracts are for  “site preparation in order to improve ground conditions for future lane widening.” One contract will be for the Delta side of the river-the other will be for the Richmond riverbank. All of this despite concerns regarding the soft river delta soil and  environmental impacts. This land is part of the one per cent of alluvial soils that used to produce  86 per cent of the vegetables in British Columbia.

As the Delta Optimist states “Last week project director Geoff Freer made a presentation to Delta council to provide an update as well as reiterate many of the positives of the 10-lane bridge, which also includes an extensive series of road projects on both sides of the river.“If we don’t build a new bridge or build a new crossing, things will certainly get a lot worse. So, with or without the project, traffic is going to increase and we will see continued congestion that will continue to get worse,” said Freer.   He also explained how other options, including twinning the existing tunnel, aren’t feasible.”

The bridge should be completed  for 2022 and will be tolled. Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is advocating a regional “buck a bridge” toll so that all bridges are universally priced, and this bridge is used. The Province is anticipating approval from the Federal government environmental assessment and the success of their application to the Agricultural Land Commission, expected very soon.

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Comments

  1. All that waist, harm and short sightedness … just so you can get LNG and Oil Tankers up the Frazer.
    There is no genuine public benefit in this.

    1. There is no public benefits in jobs and industrial tax revenue ? Why is that ? Higher unemployment rate is better why ?

      1. There is more employment in renewables. Throwing all our investments into last century’s technologies is dumb policy economically and holds us all back from a better future.
        No doubt Thomas would have been determined to invest heavily in outhouses while the world was moving toward flush toilets.
        Progressives plan for the future. Conservatives plan for the past.

        1. Progressives are using other people’s money to improve their own lives.
          Conservatives use their own money to improve their own lives AND that of other people. They “conserve” ie are fiscally responsible ie want lower taxes and more efficient government spending. Many progressives work for the government and want higher taxes as it benefits primarily them.
          We do not want more jobs that pay poorly. We want prosperity for all and the only way to do that is to provide decent paying jobs with a reasonably low taxation.
          if you look to third world counties they unload boats by hand, which creates more jobs. We use cranes, trucks and trains and that provides fewer jobs but they pay way more than the sack schlepper !

        2. Conservatives don’t “conserve”, they plunder. They liquidate resources for the fastest/greatest profit with no care for the future. They line their pockets while telling everyone that their fortunes are for the good of all while they cut taxes and social programs.
          You can delude yourself but you can’t fool everyone.
          Comment deleted as per editorial policy

        3. Thomas, conservatives plan for the past. Progressives plan for the future.
          As long as we are throwing around absurd generalizations….

        4. “Conservatives use their own money to improve their own lives AND that of other people.”
          Well, let’s face it — what you’re really talking about are capitalists. And that system is predicated on using other people’s money aka shareholders.
          It’s fascinating how far wrong one can go when the journey begins with a misstep.

        5. Conservatives use their own money to improve their own lives and others…
          And that applies to Enron, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs and a host of others that rooked entire states and nations and rocked the global economy, and that required trillions in corporate welfare to stay afloat (with a lot of exceptions)?
          Sometimes Thomas you say the funniest things.

  2. Geoff Freer is lying through his teeth, not that I’m guessing anyone there actually said anything about that.

  3. The announcement is for widening on both sides of the river to make room for the dedicated transit lanes. A necessary improvement and the first order of business.
    Good to see the announcement today of another lane coming to the Alex Fraser Bridge. Those areas of Surrey, Whalley, Newton, etc., are growing so fast. Good to see the federal government partnering with the province too.
    A good day for transportation.

    1. The Alex Fraser was originally designed (supposedly) to allow rail transit on the two inner lanes. Transit would carry far more people and relieve congestion over the long term instead of this short term, band-aid 12% “improvement”.
      This is a bad day for transportation. It is a good day for the automobile industry.

    2. “Dedicated transit lanes …”
      They can label the lanes ’til the LNG evaporates but they’ll be useless until there is improved transit to go with them. If the transit service was orders of magnitude better than today, then they will get some permanent congestion relief as commuters switch to trains and buses.
      Perhaps the calculations on improved transit will allow them consider changing the scope of work to something that is halfways reasonable. Well, that does imply that Christy and her boys in the MoTI are reasonably sane when it comes to road politics.
      Far from it.

      1. There was a concurrent funding announcement for Surrey/Langley LRT and Broadway subway was there not ? http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/expanded-skytrain-and-seabus-service-part-of-translinks-10-year-plan
        But you are right, the Broadway line ending at Arbutus is stupid stupid stupid and should go to at east Alma to allow the new Jericho lands and ideally to UBC to include the new Block F at UEL and the massive UBC developments. And yes to a wider Lionsgate bridge with train to north shore below as well.
        Baby steps .. baby steps ..

    3. “A good day for transportation.”
      You mean a good day for asphalt politics. It’s a terrible day for transportation,. It will get even more inefficient once the lanes inevitably fill up just as they have in every other jurisdiction that built mega-freeways. Even reasonable improvements to transit have been swept off the table through neglect and ignorance.

      1. Why so glum? The federal minister gave a commitment to TransLink for their projects before announcing this investment in infrastructure.
        “Investing in urban transportation networks helps build a solid foundation for more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable cities.
        These investments also reduce congestion and help get Canadians and their families to and from their destinations safely and efficiently.”
        Think of the children.
        “The Government of Canada recognizes that modern and efficient transportation infrastructure is key to growing the middle class, getting Canadians to and from their destinations and helping businesses move their products to market. We are proud to partner with the Government of British Columbia on this project to ease traffic congestion on the Alex Fraser Bridge. This vital investment means less time on the roads and more time for families to spend together.”

  4. Wow, so apparently daring to question immigration policy is now verboten on Pricetags. I look forward to a list of approved opinions.

    1. Perhaps time to review the comments policy posted at the top of the page? Nothing there about not being able to disagree or question things, but there are a list of things that will get your comment deleted.

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