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Delta pushes for action on Massey Tunnel

Last Updated Aug 20, 2017 at 8:12 am PST

Concept of the new bridge where George Massey Tunnel is currently situated. (Courtesy Ministry of Transportation)
Summary

The municipality of Delta is pushing for a ten-lane bridge and immediate repair and upgrade work on the existing tunnel

Delta is asking the province to commit to leaving the tunnel in place when it is decommissioned

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – As we wait to hear what the NDP government will do about the George Massey Tunnel, Delta is continuing to advocate for a ten-lane bridge and immediate repair and upgrade work on the existing tunnel.

During the week, the municipality agreed to send a report to the province suggesting Transportation Minister Claire Trevena take her time while considering the various replacement options available.

“We’ve asked that they ask for a delay in order that they can have the opportunity to review all the technical information, project rationale, before making an informed decision,” says Delta’s chief administrative officer George Harvie.

Harvie says there’s also a need to immediately review safety in the tunnel before a replacement.

“We have determined a number of areas where it’s at fault in terms of public safety,” says Harvie. “And we’ve determined a plan of action to address current safety concerns and ensure the tunnel continues to function safely as long as it’s in use.”

Delta is also asking the province to commit to leaving the tunnel in place when it is decommissioned, rather than take it out of the ground.