Now that the Port Mann bridge is almost complete the Province of B.C. is shifting its focus to the George Massey Tunnel replacement. That along with the Patullo Bridge replacement are two major projects that will happen in the very near future. The question is when and how much is this going to cost. Solutions to both will most likely be tolled and thus create some resistance from residents.
The George Massey Tunnel is a key component of the regional and provincial transportation system, carrying more than 80,000 vehicles each day. The existing tunnel is congested for almost 13 hours a day, with morning rush hour queues frequently extending 1.5 to 5 kilometres.
In response to growing concerns about the impact of congestion, and recognizing that the existing tunnel has approximately 10 to 15 years of useful life remaining, it is important to start the planning process now to ensure we have a solution in place.
The ministry is undertaking a comprehensive planning and consultation process to determine the most appropriate solution to meet the growing needs of communities, businesses and stakeholders.
Here is the project timeline: