City of Delta protests missing River Road overpass in Massey Tunnel replacement
The City of Delta considers establishing a second crossing of Highway 99 near the Massey Tunnel at Ladner to be critical infrastructure for growth in that area of the municipality, so officials are protesting its apparent exclusion from the $4.15-billion tunnel replacement project.
“For Ladner and for all of Delta, having the second overpass was critical,” said Coun. Dylan Kruger, Delta’s acting mayor and co-chair of Metro Vancouver’s George Massey Crossing Task Force.
The overpass, intended to be at River Road, was part of the previous B.C. Liberal government’s $3.5-billion bridge project scrapped by then premier John Horgan, then later included in initial drawings in his government’s tunnel-replacement.
Pages from a presentation on the tunnel’s concept plan dated October 2019, showing the outline for a River Road overpass that would link with 60th Avenue on the east side of Highway 99, were included in a report to Metro Vancouver’s Massey Crossing Task Force.
A letter from Delta’s director of engineering, Steven Lan, noted that the concept for the overpass was presented by the Ministry of Transportation at least five times, including to Metro Vancouver’s task force, to Richmond and Delta councils, and public information meetings in both communities.
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