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Sunshine Coast fixed-link study completed

By ReNew Canada 07:26AM December 08, 2017

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The Government of British Columbia’s study of the feasibility of a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the rest of Lower Mainland has been completed.

The study concludes that a fixed-link crossing would have considerable technical and financial challenges. Therefore, the Province will not be proceeding with a fixed link.

The study narrowed the list of independent options to two bridge-link crossings and two road-link crossings connecting the upper and lower halves of the Sunshine Coast. The options range in estimated value from $2.1 billion to $4.4 billion.

Each of the options presents serious challenges, including steep rocky areas, mountain passes and deep water channels, which would result in very high construction costs. As well, none of the options completely eliminates the need for ferry travel.

From a financial feasibility perspective, the benefit-cost analysis was minimal for two bridge options, and there was no measurable benefit for the two road-link options. The significant costs, moderate-to-low traveller volumes and increase in safety risks (road travel compared to ferry travel) contributed to these results.

The study was completed by R.F. Binnie and Associates and explored the technical and financial feasibility of potential fixed-link bridge and road crossings connecting the Sunshine Coast with the rest of the Lower Mainland.

The study conducted public and stakeholder information sessions with local communities and special interest groups, regional districts, the local Island Trust, chambers of commerce and local First Nations.

Read the Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Study final report online: www.gov.bc.ca/sunshinecoastfixedlink

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