New Fraser River crossing will be a choice of three options

Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon says a crossing to replace or augment the George Massey Tunnel remains a high priority for the NDP government and that a business case on the best option will be ready next year.

“The work is still ongoing and we’re not studying any more, now we’re just looking at a business plan with three options and we’ll decide what the best option is,” Kahlon told the Optimist.

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“I know that the minister (Claire Trevena) is going to be working actively with the mayors in the region, like Richmond, White Rock and Delta, of course, and we’ll find a solution that makes the most sense.”

The province late last year came out with a long-awaited announcement regarding the future of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Trevena and consultant Stan Cowdell confirmed the 10-lane bridge project initiated by the previous Liberal government won’t be moving ahead.

Cowdell’s report suggested options could include a six- or eight-lane bridge or an eight-lane tunnel. The existing tunnel could also remain as part of a solution.

Trevena said there would be interim upgrades to the existing tunnel and road system costing $40 million.

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