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Massey replacement to benefit commuters, safety and environment

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Massey replacement to benefit commuters, safety and environment

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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Public input requested on Massey replacement report

The public is encouraged to provide input to help government develop the final plan for this project. Public feedback on the Project Definition Report will be received through Jan. 28, 2016, with a consultation summary report to follow in February.

There are a number of ways for British Columbians to provide feedback:

  • Complete the online feedback form available at: www.masseytunnel.ca
  • Visit the Project Office at 2030 – 11662 Steveston Highway (Ironwood Plaza) in Richmond, B.C., open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.
  • Email: masseytunnel@gov.bc.ca or phone 1.8.555.MASSEY (1 855 562-7739).
  • Sign up at www.masseytunnel.ca to receive project updates by email and notification of future engagement opportunities.

There will also be public open houses scheduled for January 2016. Additional information will be available when dates and locations are confirmed.

George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project timeline

1959: The George Massey Tunnel (known as the Deas Island Tunnel until 1967) opened to traffic. The 629-metre long tunnel was the first project in North America to use immersed tube technology. The tunnel’s six concrete segments, each 344 feet long and 18,500 tons, were constructed on a dry dock, towed to the site, sunk, connected and sealed into place. It was built to the seismic standards of the day, and no soil strengthening was undertaken prior to placement.

1982: A counter-flow lane system for southbound traffic was added to the highway to help manage congestion at the tunnel. A northbound counterflow was added in 1990.

1995: The Province reviewed long-term alternatives to replace the George Massey Tunnel.

1999: The Province began to develop a seismic retrofit strategy for the George Massey Tunnel.

2001: A detailed design for the seismic upgrade work was completed.

2004: Phase 1 of the seismic upgrade began, which was the structural reinforcement of the tunnel. The two-year project cost $22.5-million.

2008: A seismic early warning system was installed at the tunnel. This work was done in lieu of proceeding with Phase 2 of the proposed seismic upgrade (geotechnical strengthening), which would have carried both a significant cost and a high risk of damage to the tunnel.

September 2012: Premier Christy Clark announced the Government of B.C.’s intention to seek a replacement for the George Massey Tunnel.

November 2012: The Province began a multi-phase consultation process on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The goal of the first phase of consultations was to understand the need, which would help determine the most appropriate solution to meet the growing needs of families, commuters, businesses and others that rely on this crossing. More than 1,100 people participated.

November 2012: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure began research and analysis of potential crossing scenarios, summarized in a March 2014 report.

March 2013: Phase 2 of consultations began. Phase 2 was about exploring the options. It built on community and stakeholder feedback from Phase 1, and sought input on potential tunnel replacement scenarios, and the criteria to evaluate those scenarios. Almost 1,400 people participated online, at open houses and in small group meetings.

September 2013: Premier Christy Clark announced that the Government of B.C. will move ahead on the project to replace the George Massey Tunnel, with construction of a new bridge on the existing Highway 99 corridor to begin in 2017. The first step of the project was the preparation of a more detailed project scope and business case.

September 2013 – November 2015: Traffic studies, technical and financial analysis, geotechnical investigations, and stakeholder and First Nations consultation to support development of the Project Definition Report. These studies are available on the project website at: www.masseytunnel.ca

January 2014: Improvements were completed to the Massey Tunnel/Steveston Highway northbound off-ramp. This was an interim solution to improve safety and reduce Highway 99 congestion for motorists at this location until the replacement for the Massey Tunnel is completed.

January 2014: George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project Office opened at 2030 – 11662 Steveston Highway (Ironwood Plaza) in Richmond. The office is open to the public on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

December 2015: Project Definition Report and Business Case released for public comment. Input will be received through Jan. 28, 2016.

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