No solutions for tunnel replacement until 2020

Richmond News

Solutions to congestion in Richmond at the George Massey Tunnel won’t be solved any time soon – the province said its next steps will be to consult with municipalities and First Nations and present a business case on three possible solutions in the fall of 2020.

The proposed solutions are an eight-lane bridge, a six-lane bridge or an eight-lane tunnel, which would have fewer negative impacts and be less expensive than a bridge, according to the ministry’s press release.

While he’s not happy about the timeline on the George Massey Tunnel replacement, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the previous government didn’t listen to their concerns when city staff meet about a proposed 10-lane bridge.

Some of the concerns that the city of Richmond brought up with the previous provincial government were the loss of farmland, the number of lanes, a “Los Angeles-style freeway” in south Richmond with “unbelievably massive and complicated” on and off ramps onto Steveston Highway, and environmental concerns for the river, Brodie said. In addition, a large part of a park planned on the former Fantasy Gardens lands would have been appropriated for the project. …

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