B.C. Poland seems to have taken a 10-lane bridge from the table as an option to replace the Massey tunnel, which is one of the worst bottlenecks in the province.
BC. Transport Minister Claire Trevena met with the mayor of Richmond Malcomm Brodie and city officials earlier this month to discuss the future of the tunnel linking the Delta and Richmond communities.
A recent report to the council states that the province is not interested in building a new intersection with ten lanes.
“The minister said that any option to improve the future transition will not include a 10-lane bridge,” the report says.
“The ministry recognizes the significant negative consequences that the scale of such a project will have for host communities, especially for Richmond.”
B.C. Liberals began construction last year on a $ 3.5 billion bridge.
When Poland came to power, the project was suspended, and engineer Stan Cowdell was hired to explore new options for updating or replacing the tunnel.
At that time, a 10-lane bridge was still under consideration.
Cowdell completed his study a few months ago, but it has not yet been made public.
“The minister received a report in June, and he is being considered along with options for the next steps,” the Ministry of Transport said in a statement in an e-mail statement.
“Minister Trevena discusses his findings with the mayors of Metro, before conducting an independent review, and the next steps of the government until the end of the year.”
Delta South MLA Jan Paton, a longtime supporter of the 10-lane bridge, says that passengers are tired of waiting for a decision.
“If research shows that they prefer an eight-lane bridge instead of ten, I, of course, can live with it,” he said.
"Let's get to this, let's do something."
Brodie, the mayor of Richmond, says he prefers to tunnel the tunnel in order to improve traffic.
“Our complaint has always been that the 10-lane bridge was so massive and excessive that it had all the consequences that were very negative,” he said.