A Pricey Massey Tunnel Bridge Repacement Wonai??i??t Clear Up Congestion

As the local newspapers try to deal with the proposed Massey Tunnel replacement, Metro News has an interesting article.

In reality, the Massey Tunnel, replacement bridge will not alleviate congestion, rather just move it from Delta to Richmond.

Now Eric Chris may want to correct Zwie on this, but here is the problem.

There are presently four bridges that go from Richmond to Vancouver/New Westminster, near or at capacity throughout the day. Those four bridges are being fed, in part by six lanes of traffic, via the Massey Tunnel and the Alex Fraser Bridge. As the population of Richmond grows, adding more pressure to the existing bridges, adding one more lane, via the new Fraser Crossing, will cause major congestion on Hwy.99 and the existing bridges.

Unless there is an additional bridge built to Vancouver/Burnaby, congestion in Richmond will only increase and gridlock will be endemic.

The new bridge, being a toll bridge, will Balkanize Delta; put extraordinary pressure on the Alex Fraser Bridge and put undue financial pressure on struggling families, who have to ante up over $1,700 annually to commute to Vancouver.

An unintentional consequence of the Port Mann tolling, children from poorer families now cannot afford to play sports because monies that otherwise spent on children sports are now paying tolls. In fact, discretionary monies that once went to sports or education improvements are now going into tolls and the long term result will be, I think, disastrous.

That Delta council and especially the mayor, Lois Jackson support this nonsense only shows how out of touch with reality they are.

Maybe our politicians should have their stipends reduced by 50% to a point where financial reality overtakes gold-plated hubris.

What is even more shocking is that the one bridge that does need replacing, the Patullo Bridge is ignored by Victoria.

The replacement Bridge for the Massey Tunnel does show that regional planning does not exist, therefore there is no need for TransLink and and or metro Vancouver planning.

Give it all back to the province and tell the present Liberal government, “You created this mess, now deal with it!”

A pricey Massey Tunnel bridge wonai??i??t clear up congestion

Unfortunately, when it comes to thinking about the Massey Tunnel replacement bridge project, being thoughtful has been pushed aside in favour of simply thinking bigger ai??i?? at our collective expense.

By: Metro Published on Mon Nov 23 2015

Work smarter, not harder. We praise our leaders in government and business for thinking differently about what affects us ai??i?? and not turning a blind eye when we learn new things about what weai??i??ve already been doing.

Unfortunately, when it comes to thinking about the Massey Tunnel replacement bridge project, being thoughtful has been pushed aside in favour of simply thinking bigger ai??i?? at our collective expense. Earlier this month, Minister of Transportation Todd Stone explained the delay on the expected report on the replacement bridgeai??i??s business case by chalking it up to the projectai??i??s complexity. Soil conditions on the Fraser River mean the bridge will end up even larger than the Port Mann bridge ai??i?? itself already the second longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and, briefly, the widest in the world.

But this shouldnai??i??t have come to us as a surprise. As Nathan Pachal pointed out on the South Fraser Blog last week, in the 1950s we faced these same trade-offs and costs at the time of the original decision to build the Massey Tunnel. It was recognized that a tunnel was more cost-effective than a bridge then, and those same conditions are still posing a challenge for those of us hoping a bridge will solve our congestion woes.

Are the doubters just part of the ai???build nothingai??? party, as the Liberals accused Delta MLA Vicki Huntington of in legislature? Even if she was (which, her statements demonstrate, sheai??i??s not), sheai??i??d be in good company among those whoai??i??ve done a lot of digging into what building smarter for transportation actually means.

Many researchers have long doubted that building more lanes actually reduces congestion. Even California Department of Transportation, that cradle of car culture in North America, is copping to the fact that congestion doesnai??i??t go down the way we hope it does. Buying a bridge means pushing our congestion problem ten years down the line.

The Corporation of Delta has stated that a new crossing is needed. But does the magnitude of the problem warrant buying the priciest option ai??i?? and working harder to pay for it, instead of working smarter to make better use of our future tax dollars?

The early days of our new federal government have buoyed a feeling of optimism around a return to well-reasoned decision-making. It reminds us what true leadership is ai??i?? not presenting choices as inevitable, but using everyoneai??i??s perspectives to give us real alternatives. On this issue, it appears weai??i??re still waiting.

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