Tunnel as a replacement is ludicrous

The following letter was sent to South Delta NDP candidate Bruce Reid and copied to the Delta Optimist.

I have lived in Ladner since 1980. I am concerned that your party will continue to drag its feet on moving forward with the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

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We almost had a bridge and I cannot help thinking the only reason it was cancelled is that it was a Liberal inspired project.

I also believe this is the only reason you are not moving ahead with this. I am a professional fish biologist and have worked on many bridge projects. I can tell you that the environmental impacts of a bridge would be minimal as both footings are outside the river channel.

The air quality impacts of thousands of cars idling is also a concern.

I was a Liberal supporter, but am willing to consider voting NDP if there is a commitment to moving ahead with this project.

A tunnel as a replacement is ludicrous and a deep bore tunnel would be unnecessarily costly.

Also, if the plan is to excavate down through the river bed for a tunnel, it would have untold environmental impacts, not to mention looking like a war zone.

I cannot but think that since South Delta is a Liberal riding the citizens of this area are being punished for not supporting your party.

Please act as our NDP representative and do the right thing for your constituents.

Goff Longworth

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