Massey Tunnel replacement plans noticeably absent from B.C. Budget 2021

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Despite saying the George Massey Tunnel replacement is a top priority, the B.C. NDP did not include any big plans for the crossing in its latest budget.

Budget 2021 includes $7.6 billion in transportation investments over the next three years — that includes the Massey replacement. However, there’s little other mention of the project, other than the province is still in the process of “obtaining a final decision on the scope, budget, delivery and schedule” for the project. …

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie notes there are a number of positives in the budget. However, when it comes to the lack of mention of the Massey Tunnel replacement, he’s not surprised.

“Mention was made of the replacement for the Massey Tunnel, at least that indicates that it’s top of mind for the governing party,” he said Wednesday. “We’re disappointed — we’ve been disappointed — that no announcements have been made to choose the tunnel option over a bridge, and to go forward with it. But you take these things in steps and we’ll continue to speak to the government about that entire project.” …

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