Massey Tunnel ProjectGeorge Massey Crossing Project
On June 22, 2021, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (the Ministry) announced improvements along the Highway 99 corridor that are components of the George Massey Crossing Project and will be implemented in advance of the tunnel replacement. The works comprise the following improvements with two projects located in Richmond:
- Steveston Interchange: The existing two-lane overpass structure at Steveston Highway and Highway 99 will be replaced to accommodate two eastbound lanes and three westbound lanes including a left turn lane to southbound Highway 99. A request for proposals is planned for early fall 2021. With a successful contract award, construction on the Steveston interchange is planned to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2025.
- Bus-Only Connection at Bridgeport Road: A new bus-only access ramp will be created from Bridgeport Road to Highway 99 southbound to improve transit access to the highway. New multi-use path connections to/from Oak Street Bridge are included as part of this work. Work is expected to begin in fall 2021 and be completed in spring 2022.
- Transit Improvements south of the George Massey Tunnel: Bus-on-shoulder lanes along Highway 99 will be extended southbound between Highways 17 and 17A (2.5 km) and Highway 17 and Ladner Trunk Road (3.4 km), and northbound between Ladner Trunk Road and the current start of the HOV lane (3.5 km). The Highway 99 northbound off-ramp and on-ramp will be widened to add a bus-only lane at the Highway 99/Highway 17A interchange, and Highway 17A lanes will be widened for eastbound bus/HOV priority. The Highway 17A work will include new ramp crossings for cyclists and improvements to the bike shuttle pull-out including a new shelter. For all of the improvements, work is expected to begin in fall 2021.
The Province has completed its review of the business case for the two options for the new crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel: an 8-lane immersed tube tunnel or an 8-lane bridge. Both options include dedicated transit lanes. The Province is in discussions with the federal government on cost-share funding and details will be announced when the discussions are complete.
Past Reports to City Council
Reports are provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.