While everyone waits to hear what the Provincial government is recommending for the new Massey Bridge/Tunnel/Fraser River crossing, it appears that Delta NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon spilled the beans that it is not one, but three options that will be developed and released for public comment in early 2020.
As Sandor Gyarmati reports in the Delta Optimist the Province announced in November 2018 that the multi-billion dollar ten lane Massey Bridge, a pet project of the previous Provincial Liberal government was axed.
After that axing,the report that Stan Cowdell prepared for the Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena suggested several options including a six lane bridge, an eight lane bridge and the twinning of the existing tunnel. The Province did immediately announce that 40 million dollars would be directed to upgrade the current tunnel and highway system.
Here is what MLA Kahlon said: “The work is still ongoing and we’re not studying any more, now we’re just looking at a business plan with three options and we’ll decide what the best option is”.
Kahlon reiterated that the Minister of Transportation was working with Metro Vancouver mayors to “find a solution that makes the most sense”.
With the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council and regional input what will those three options be? Will those options include an eight lane bridge, a six lane bridge, or a tunnel hybrid? We will have to wait a year to find out.