An eight-lane immersed tube tunnel (ITT) will replace the George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99. Two of the eight lanes will be dedicated to bus rapid transit and there will be separated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. This new toll-free crossing will improve traffic flow and make travel by transit, walking and cycling more convenient.
The new eight-lane tunnel will be in operation in 2030, with the cost estimated to be $4.15 billion.
Steveston Interchange and Corridor Improvements
On June 22, 2021 the Province announced that the Steveston Interchange Project will be one of four corridor improvements to be undertaken along the Highway 99 corridor in advance of George Massey Crossing construction.
The Steveston Interchange Project involves replacement of the existing two-lane overpass structure at Steveston Highway and Highway 99 to accommodate two eastbound lanes and three westbound lanes (including a left turn lane), as well as improved connections to and from the overpass for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.
A request for qualifications (RFQ) for the Steveston Interchange Project was issued on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, with a request for proposals planned for early fall 2021. With a successful contract award, construction is planned to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2025. The RFQ is live on BC Bid.
The Province is also making transit and cycling improvements along the corridor. These include:
- Bridgeport Road Bus Connection: Redirection of the southbound bus services from Sea Island Way to Bridgeport Road, provision of a transit-only connection southbound to the on-ramp to Highway 99 and improved cycling and pedestrian connections.
- Highway 99 and 17A Off-Ramp Widening: Extension and widening the northbound Highway 99 off-ramp approach to the Highway 17A intersection, upgraded George Massey Tunnel bike shuttle stop and improvements to cycling facilities in and around the interchange.
- Bus-on-shoulder transit lanes on Highway 99: Extension of bus-on-shoulder facilities south of Highway 17A in both the northbound and southbound directions.