DELTA, B.C. — B.C. officials are working to identify property necessary for future infrastructure improvements on Highway 99 near the George Massey Tunnel.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure noted this is an initial step while the business case for the new crossing is being completed.
“We continue to make progress toward selecting the right solution for a new crossing of the Fraser River on Highway 99 that aligns with regional plans,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, in a statement. “I know people want traffic congestion relief at the George Massey Tunnel without having to pay unfair tolls.”
The province noted that identifying property required for future infrastructure improvements along the Highway 99 corridor should not be seen as a confirmation that officials have decided on a tunnel or a bridge option. That decision will be made following the business case review.
Before the corridor is overhauled, crews are working on $40 million worth of safety improvements inside the existing tunnel. These include converting lights on the tunnel walls and ceiling to an LED standard to increase visibility and save energy.
Tunnel drainage is being improved to stop ice buildup and prevent water from pooling at the entrances. The ventilation and electrical systems will also be upgraded. These additional safety improvements are scheduled to be complete by spring 2021.