Keep the Massey Tunnel, but add a new bridge
The signs, open houses and news releases by the provincial government indicate that replacing the Massey Tunnel could be in the works but the smart choice would be, to talk about adding a crossing and keeping the existing tunnel.
MLA Blair Lekstom has been quoted stating, “We have no immediate plans to look at replacing it,” and, “The longevity of it is not in question.” So the public should be asking why then does the distributed information not consider more creative options?
The new 40 kilometre four-lane highway from Deltaport to Highway 1 could have a short connection from the new Tilbury connection to the Nelson Road overpass in Richmond and then to Boundary Road in Vancouver. This would allow commuters to take a more direct route to their homes in Surrey and beyond. The Massey Tunnel could remain unchanged and service primarily commuters in South Delta which would reduce congestion.
After studying the map for the new perimeter road it seemed so obvious to me that replacing the Massey Tunnel was illogical given that it is too far west for most of the traffic that currently uses the tunnel.
We need to be fiscally responsible when considering our transportation needs and I feel the current public input process is not offering cost effective options. The narrow study of the replacement of the Massey Tunnel should be abandoned and instead the public should be asked to comment on all options that offer relief of congestion at the Massey Tunnel.
I propose the potential connection to Boundary Road be studied and that the public be informed of all options, not just the replacement of a tunnel that has decades of life left.