The province is kicking off its public consultation on the George Massey Tunnel replacement in Delta next weekend.
In September, Premier Christy Clark announced several road projects to be undertaken, including starting the process to replace the 53-year-old tunnel.
The public consultation, which starts with an open house and presentation in Ladner next Saturday, will launch the planning process.
"I am extremely pleased to see that work is starting on the George Massey Tunnel replacement project," said Mayor Lois Jackson. "Delta is the community most impacted by tunnel congestion and knowing that work is in progress is a great relief for our residents and businesses alike."
Delta has been lobbying the province for improvements to the crossing for several years.
Earlier this year, Delta commissioned a study on the economic impacts of traffic congestion at the tunnel in a bid to persuade Victoria of the need for a new north-south crossing.
"For several years, we have been lobbying for something to be done, and I would personally like to thank Premier Christy Clark and Transportation Minister Mary Polak for listening and taking decisive action in moving forward with this vital link," Jackson said. "We look forward to working together with the province on a viable solution to the tunnel congestion."
The government is planning a total of five public open houses to start the consultation process.
The only one in Delta is on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Delta Town & Country Inn in Ladner. A presentation is set for noon.
Other meeting locations include:
- Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel
- Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Richmond Olympic Oval
- Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds - Alice McKay Building
- Monday, Dec. 10 at Morgan Creek Golf Course
All open houses run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a presentation set for 8 p.m.