Public open houses have been scheduled for Delta and Richmond in late January, as part of the third phase of consultation on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and the public comment period for the environmental assessment process. The open houses are opportunities for the public to comment on the project, which proposes a new 10-lane bridge over the Fraser River at Highway 99 to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
“I would encourage British Columbians, particularly those who live south of the Fraser River, to weigh in on all aspects of this important project,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “In addition to commenting on the project details like the design and scope, this is a perfect opportunity for British Columbians to have their voices heard on tolling, both on how it relates to this project and from a regional perspective.”
The public can attend one of the following open houses for information on the design, scope and cost details of the estimated $3.5-billion project. Comments on all aspects of the project are welcomed.
Jan. 26, 2016, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sandman Signature Hotel Vancouver Airport (Round Room)
10251 St. Edwards Dr., Richmond
Jan. 27, 2016, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Delta Town & Country Inn (Ballroom)
6005 Highway 17A, Delta
British Columbians can also comment on the project by completing the online feedback form available at: www.masseytunnel.ca. They can visit the Project Office at 2030 – 11662 Steveston Highway (Ironwood Plaza) in Richmond. The public can also email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1.8.555.MASSEY (1 855 562-7739).
“The replacement of the aging George Massey Tunnel is important for residents of Delta and other communities south of the Fraser River,” said Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. “Local input can help make this an even better project, which is why I encourage area residents to take the time to learn about the project and its benefits, and make their voices heard.”
“We know the majority of tunnel users travel to and from Richmond, so the economic benefit a free-flowing bridge would have to our community is very apparent,” said Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat. “There are other benefits to travel time savings, safety and the environment as well. I encourage Richmond residents to take the time to learn more about this project and offer comments during this round of consultation.”
The ministry’s public comment period ends Jan. 28, 2016. A consultation summary report will follow. Final decisions made by government will take into consideration the feedback received, along with remaining technical studies and the environmental review. Construction is expected to begin in 2017, subject to the ministry receiving the necessary permits and approvals.
More information on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project is available online at: www.masseytunnel.ca
For more information about the environmental assessment of the proposed project, including opportunities to participate in this public comment period, please visit the Environmental Assessment Office website at: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_project_home_430.html