The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the process of identifying property necessary for future infrastructure improvements on Highway 99 near the George Massey Tunnel, as an initial step while the business case for the new crossing is being completed.
These improvements will release traffic congestion, helping traffic flow more easily heading into the crossing.
“We continue to make progress toward selecting the right solution for a new crossing of the Fraser River on Highway 99 that aligns with regional plans,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, on behalf of Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I know people want traffic congestion relief at the George Massey Tunnel without having to pay unfair tolls. Today’s announcement shows our government is taking action on much-needed improvements.”
Identifying property required for future infrastructure improvements along the Highway 99 corridor does not mean that the preferred solution for the crossing has been determined. That decision will be made by government following the business case review.
In the interim, safety improvements are underway inside the existing tunnel for drivers who use this route every day. As part of a suite of $40 million in improvements to the existing tunnel, lights on the tunnel walls and ceiling are being converted to an LED standard to increase visibility and better illuminate the tunnel for drivers, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tunnel drainage is being improved to prevent ice buildup and water from pooling at the entrances. The ventilation and electrical systems will also be upgraded. These additional safety improvements are scheduled to be complete by spring 2021.
For more information, visit: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/masseytunnel/