Eight-lane toll-free tunnel to replace George Massey Tunnel

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The BC Government announced that a new eight-lane immersed-tube tunnel will replace the George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99, providing people a toll-free crossing that aligns with regional interests and improves transit, cycling and walking connections across the Fraser River. The new eight-lane tunnel will be in operation in 2030, with the cost estimated at $4.15 billion. Two options were presented in the business case – an eight-lane tunnel and eight-lane bridge. Both options were given serious consideration. The tunnel was chosen as the best option, because it:
• best meets regional vision/interests, as endorsed by the Metro Vancouver Board;
• limits any new visual, noise, shading and lighting impacts over the life of the structure;
• has the fewest impacts to agricultural land and will not introduce new navigational restrictions to the Fraser River;
• allows for work to start immediately on the bottleneck areas of the Highway 99 corridor;
• best facilitates the movement of trucks and cyclists with a much lower overall elevation change; and
• provides protection from inclement weather for everyone who uses this crossing.

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