Less than a month into his tenure as B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure, Rob Fleming has received the business case for a proposed replacement of the George Massey Tunnel.
But we don’t yet know whether the province will opt to build a bridge or tunnel to connect Delta and Richmond.
The business case includes two options – a bridge or an immersed-tube tunnel, each with eight lanes – which will become public in February and March, according to a government press release.
The province has not committed to a completion date for the eventual replacement project. …
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie also said he was optimistic a decision would be made early in 2021 — but he hopes the province decides to build a tunnel.
“It has been a great frustration to me that we wasted six or seven years under a previous government that absolutely refused to listen to the wishes of the region or the cities that are involved,” he said, referring to the BC Liberal government’s preference for a bridge.
Brodie said he’s optimistic the project will be complete “well before” the end of the coming decade. …