Somehow not surprising, but still a bit breathtaking is the B.C. Transportation Minister’s pronouncement in the June 15th Delta Optimist that “it is full steam ahead despite mounting opposition from outside Delta”.
Minister Stone has assured Mayor Lois Jackson of Delta that the Province is sticking to its original timeline, and that “We are also committed to continuing to work collaboratively with Metro Vancouver and other stakeholders to ensure that this project will meet the needs of Metro Vancouver residents for generations“.
This letter was in response to a letter from Mayor Jackson who was worried that other Metro Vancouver mayors wanted to delay the project in order for federal infrastructure funding to head towards their wish list of projects.
Most recently a petition has commenced requesting a federal environmental review of the project, suggesting that the bridge “would cause environmental damage and ruin farmland”.
Both the Corporation of Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation join the Port Authority in strongly supporting the proposed Massey Bridge. The ten lane 3.3 kilometer bridge is scheduled to commence construction next year, and be opened in 2022. The project costs of 3.5 billion include 24 kilometres of Highway 99 improvements.
According to the Province the Massey Bridge project is on schedule and on time.