A cogent letter appeared in the Delta Optimist from a Delta resident who has suggested that there are ways to immediately ameliorate the “bottleneck” at the Massey Tunnel which has feverishly fanned the Province’s clamouring for a $3.5 billion dollar overbuilt, ecologically unsound bridge.
Mary Taitt notes that estimates indicate that the bridge building will take four years, and by 2021 costs will easily be in the 6 to 7 billion dollar range, even though “an additional tunnel could be constructed much sooner and for a fraction of the cost. At the same time a rapid transit system could be afforded and developed.”
Moving onto the “bottleneck” of traffic, the writer makes it clear that there are economical and prudent ways to fix this:
1. Restore 601 fast buses to/from Delta to Downtown Vancouver.
2. Stop trucks using the George Massey Tunnel during rush hours.
3. Re-establish the weigh station to stop trucks in rush hour, stop oversize trucks and dangerous loads using the tunnel and force all trucks to use the slow lane.
The tunnel is “only hazardous because maintenance is deliberately neglected. After the recent earthquake upgrade it was estimated to be good for another 50 years.”
Ms. Taitt has won an international award as part of the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust. She also reminds readers about the important ecological aspects inherent in the use of the Massey Tunnels. “The tunnels will protect the Fraser River, the greatest salmon river in the world, from becoming an industrial sewer for the Port of Vancouver…The current local, provincial and federal governments are facilitating the destruction of the Fraser River. We must stop them using our money to build a bridge that will be the headstone to the death of the Fraser River, its globally significant estuary habitats and its vital delta farmlands.”