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Letters: Tuesday’s snowstorm proved why a tunnel is better than bridge

The tunnel never requires the application of the toxic road salt, never needs snow to be removed and is never shutdown because of “ice bombs” falling from the cable stays
Massey tunnel lights

Editor:

Every time it snows in the Lower Mainland traffic comes to a standstill because the bridges become impassable.

The only river crossing that isn’t affected by the snow is the Massey Tunnel. Although it’s long surpassed its original design capacity the tunnel always remains open during adverse weather conditions, like we experienced Tuesday.

The tunnel never requires the application of the toxic road salt that has such a negative effect to the environment, never needs snow to be removed to remain passable, there are no five hour waits because of ice, and we never have to shut the tunnel because of “ice bombs” falling from the cable stays. With the reality of extreme weather events due to climate change, replacing the tunnel with a bridge is a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem.

My hope is that whatever political party is in power in Victoria can park the egos and replace the Massey Tunnel with a bigger one that is designed to accommodate all the traffic that is displaced during a snow event because the bridges are impassable.

Robert Stewart

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