Richmond Mayor says Massey Tunnel Replacement Project should be scaled back

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Richmond’s mayor is using the BC government’s own data showing traffic is declining at the Massey Tunnel to strengthen his case for the replacement project to be scaled back.

He says it’s more proof the 10-lane, $3.5-billion bridge is a bad idea.

The data is found in the BC government’s environmental assessment submissions for the project. It shows average traffic volume for the tunnel decreased steadily between 2005 and 2014.

Malcolm Brodie has a laundry list of reasons to oppose the project. He says the data is the latest.

“The north bound traffic is just going to have gridlock just as much as ever before except it will be a shorter line because they’ll get over the big, new bridge fast, but Oak and 70th is still going to be a problem. We’ve got problems or challenges in relation to the farm land, we’ve got challenges with the tolling policy because traffic is going to be diverted to other bridges…and of course the involvement of the port. So I think the story is far from being told in public by the government and I think it’s time that they did.” …

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