The British Columbia Government has announced that work to develop options for a long-term solution for the George Massey Crossing is underway and a request for proposals will be posted on BC Bid in the coming days to identify a technical team to support this phase.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will work closely with the newly-formed Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Task Force, Indigenous groups, TransLink, local municipalities, and other stakeholders to explore and evaluate crossing options. The plan is to identify viable options that will meet the needs of people who live and work in this region and will help to reduce traffic congestion, as well as support transit and provide active transportation alternatives along this busy corridor.
Options will be based on consultation as well as the results of the independent technical review released in December 2018. The target completion for this phase of work is the end of November 2019.
From January through April 2019, the ministry collaborated with key Metro Vancouver and Indigenous leaders to identify shared principles, goals, and objectives. Through this process, it was determined that the crossing must be consistent with existing plans, provide improved safety, reliability and connectivity, and support the following project goals:
- Sustainability of communities;
- Increased use of sustainable modes of transportation (e.g., transit, cycling, walking, HOV);
- Enhanced regional goods movement and commerce; and
- A healthy environment.
A final business case will be completed by fall 2020, as committed by government in December 2018.