Ted Murphy of the Delta Optimist ponders what is going to happen to those plans for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, saying it is on “a death watch”. He also notes that “many will be rejoicing at the prospect of the $3.5-billion undertaking not moving forward.”
I am not sure people are “rejoicing” at the prospect of the Massey Bridge being shelved, but anything that will impact the sensitive river delta, the agricultural land, and was voted against by every mayor on the Mayors Council (save one) should have a solid rethink. Are there other locations that this crossing that should be bolstered? Why do we keep throwing our hands in the air about “congestion”? Why are we not encouraging ride share incentives and rapid transit/bus options? Why are we still not asking the Port of Vancouver to be a good corporate citizen and be part of the solution? But never mind. Back to Mr Murphy.
“Should the NDP-Green coalition form a razor-thin majority, it will have the votes needed to kill the massive infrastructure project, which is most definitely the prerogative of the party – or, in this case, parties – in power. Should that happen, the obvious question is: What’s the alternative? What’s being said by opponents doesn’t offer much comfort on that front, let alone make a lot of sense.”
“One of the popular arguments is that building a bridge would just move the morning bottleneck to the Oak Street Bridge. That ignores traffic counts that show almost 60 per cent of vehicles heading northbound through the tunnel on a weekday morning will end their journey in Richmond, never making it as far as one of the three bridges across the north arm of the Fraser.”
“It also conveniently overlooks the fact the Oak Street Bridge has absolutely nothing to do with lengthy southbound lineups for the tube every afternoon. The tunnel is a bottleneck all on its own and a plan needs to be developed to address the situation.”
“Why don’t we have a Port Mann tunnel, a Golden Ears tunnel or even one other tunnel in the area? Nearing its 60th birthday, the George Massey Tunnel has struggled to cope with traffic volumes for decades now…and others (must) come up with a plan that not only satisfies their supporters, but commuters as well.”