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The George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and the environment

Transit enhancements to increase ridership

  • Tunnel is currently used by 10,000 transit passengers each day.
  • More than $500 million in transit infrastructure included in the scope of work.
  • New bridge will have eight general travel lanes and two dedicated transit/HOV lanes.
  • 50 kilometres of continuous new transit/HOV lanes between Highway 91 in Delta and Bridgeport Road in Richmond.
  • Dedicated transit ramp at Bridgeport Road with direct transit access to and from Canada Line at Bridgeport Station.
  • Integrated transit stops at the Steveston and Highway 17A interchanges.
  • Bridge designed to accommodate future rapid transit.

Multi-use pathway to encourage walking/cycling

  • Over $40 million dedicated to cyclists and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.
  • Ministry is working with local governments and other stakeholders to ensure efficient connections to local and regional cycling infrastructure.
  • Project includes an upgrade of the Ladner Millenium Trail, which will run underneath the new bridge.

Considerations for climate change

  • Air quality work conducted in conjunction with Metro Vancouver requirements to ensure consistency throughout the region.
  • No net loss of land available for agriculture.
  • The new bridge will cut commute times by up to 30 minutes a day.
  • Reduction in GHG emissions estimated at 13,000 tonnes a year; a 70% reduction from current conditions at the tunnel.
  • Tunnel-related congestion currently results in more than one million hours of vehicle idling each year.
  • Bridge design to account for anticipated effects of rising sea levels due to climate change.
  • Ditch, culvert and retention pond designs account for potential increases in storm intensity.

Environmental and and community improvements at Deas Island Regional Park and Deas Slough

  • All work on Deas Island done on ministry right-of-way.
  • Bio-filtration marshes for stormwater management, which will also create new wildlife habitat.
  • Restore Green Slough to its historic alignment.
  • Reconnect portions of Deas Island Regional Park currently separated by the tunnel and Highway 99.
  • No bridge piers in the Fraser River.

Learn more:

More information on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project is available online at

An electronic copy of the Application and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at: