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One more time in the “you just can’t make this stuff up” department, the Corporation of Delta is again letting people know the tunnel is a disaster waiting to happen and the Province better build a ten lane bridge on the most arable farmland in Canada NOW.

There does not appear to be a lot of balanced analytical reporting on this issue in Delta’s press, and you can completely understand why, if residents do not personally go through the tens of reports and thousands of pages provided. No wonder that they’d think this overbuilt, multi billion dollar behemoth of a bridge is the only answer. As Sandor Gyarmati reports in the Delta Optimist, the Delta Mayor and City Manager stated that “the tunnel poses an unacceptable risk for the travelling public and first responders…They are urging the provincial government to consider the catastrophic implications of a tunnel failure, including the devastating economic impacts to the region.”

What? Of course the failure of the tunnel due to a seismic event is bad for the regional economy-let’s not talk about the fact that the tunnel could be seismically upgraded, and if is such an issue, why is that not being done now? But no, the Corporation of Delta is attempting to keep the Massey Bridge proposal on life support. And the Mayor of Delta  relies on some misguided reversed misogyny to make her  point, obliquely referring to the Mayors’ Council and Metro Vancouver who nixed this overbuilt bridge on the most ecologically sensitive location in the province by saying “It’s a regional boys club and it’s like there’s nothing you can do. You might as well just go home… It really is, I think, a devastating travesty, for the people and the economy. It’s a political thing,”

And in response to City of Richmond Councillor Carol Day who has been outspoken in asking for a review of this multi-billion dollar bridge proposal on the river delta  floodplain, the Delta City Manager stated that Ms. Day is “spreading misinformation, relying on an article from a Popular Mechanics magazine from the 1950s.”

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There’s a lot more mudslinging but it is not productive to repeat it. What can be said is that at some point everyone needs to look at mutual interests, not positions. And quite frankly an overbuilt multi-billion dollar bridge in the wrong place is still not being productively evaluated. Let’s get going on a non-biased second look as if accessibility, affordability and livability of this region really matters.

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