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Sur­rey Board of Trade to Con­tinue Ad­vo­cat­ing for Bridge Op­tion for Massey Re­place­ment

- Transportation · Urbanism · Industries · Surrey · Vancouver · Al Anbar Governorate · British Columbia

On Novem­ber 1st, the Sur­rey Board of Trade pre­sented to the Metro Van­cou­ver May­ors’ Coun­cil in favour of a new eight­lane bridge with a multi-use path­way for the Massey Tun­nel Re­place­ment Pro­ject.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade’s orig­i­nal po­si­tion on this was to have a bridge with 10 lanes,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade.

“With the choices pre­sented though, the Sur­rey Board of Trade sup­ports the build­ing of a new eight-lane bridge with a mul­tiuse path­way.”

We must plan for trans­porta­tion needs for the fu­ture – for the 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple that are ex­pected to move into Metro Van­cou­ver by 2050. And yes, we can’t just build this in iso­la­tion, it has to have a ro­bust rapid tran­sit sys­tem. There are no price es­ti­mates on any of the op­tions.”

A bridge could be built faster — two years for en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and five for con­struc­tion. Much of the work to build a bridge has al­ready been done.

The Sur­rey Board of Trade is not sup­port­ive of the Metro Van­cou­ver Task Force rec­om­men­da­tion of an eight-lane tun­nel. A new tun­nel would be an im­mersed tube, like the ex­ist­ing four-lane Massey Tun­nel, which means it would be con­structed in pieces that are sunk into a river bot­tom trench and joined to­gether. The pro­posal by the Metro Van­cou­ver May­ors’ Coun­cil is to have six lanes for reg­u­lar traf­fic and two ded­i­cated to tran­sit, plus a multi-use path.

It’s ex­pected to take three years for an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and five years for con­struc­tion. Deep-bored tun­nels are considered high risk and would re­quire one of the largest tun­nel-bor­ing ma­chines in the world. There is a risk of mul­ti­ple sink­holes dur­ing con­struc­tion, in­ter­changes would have to be re­con­fig­ured, ground den­si­fi­ca­tion would be needed on both sides of the river, and it would take the long­est to build.

“The struc­tural in­tegrity of the cur­rent tun­nel could be dis­as­trous espe­cially if an earth­quake hap­pens.”

The Sur­rey Board of Trade will con­tinue its ad­vo­cacy to the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment.

The Prov­ince of Bri­tish Columbia de­vel­oped six rec­om­men­da­tions on how to im­prove trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture along the Massey Cor­ri­dor. They in­clude:

1. New eight-lane im­mersed-tube tun­nel with multi-use path­way.

2. New eight-lane bridge with multi-use path­way.

3. New eight-lane deep-bored tun­nel plus use of the ex­ist­ing tun­nel for a multi-use path­way.

4. New six-lane im­mersed-tube tun­nel plus use of the ex­ist­ing tun­nel to pro­vide two ded­i­cated lanes for tran­sit.

5. New six-lane bridge plus use of the ex­ist­ing tun­nel to pro­vide two ded­i­cated lanes for tran­sit.

6. New six-lane deep-bored tun­nel plus use of the ex­ist­ing tun­nel to pro­vide two ded­i­cated lanes for tran­sit.

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