Province talking to Metro mayors about future of the Massey Tunnel

Vancouver Sun

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena is meeting with municipal leaders from across Metro Vancouver before releasing a report about how to tackle congestion and safety concerns at the Massey Tunnel.

The long-awaited independent review, which was commissioned last fall and prepared by professional engineer Stan Cowdell, is expected to become public by the end of the year.

“The minister received the report in June, and it is under consideration along with options for next steps,” said an emailed statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which confirmed Trevena is “discussing its findings” with Metro mayors.

The B.C. NDP government cancelled construction of a 10-lane, $3.5-billion bridge to replace the 59-year-old Massey Tunnel last September, and paid out companies shortlisted to bid on the work. The bridge was a pet project of the former B.C. Liberal government.

One of the Metro Vancouver politicians who met with Trevena is Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who along with staff saw the minister earlier this month.

According to a Richmond staff report, they were told that the review is expected to provide crossing improvement options and greater detail about the process that led to the previous government’s decision to build a 10-lane bridge.

Trevena told Brodie and staff that any future crossing would not include a 10-lane bridge. …

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