Might 2019 go down because the 12 months that mayors who hardly ever use the George Massey Tunnel determine what its substitute will appear to be? Or perhaps that fateful determination received’t come till 2020 in a nod to those that will sooner or later have the ability to look again on the contentious undertaking with the good thing about a hindsight.

Regardless of the timeline, it’s greater than a bit of disconcerting {that a} group of regional politicians that hasn’t proven a complete lot of affection for the thought of a brand new Fraser River crossing goes to play a pivotal position in figuring out the scope it should ultimately take. To be truthful, the Mayors’ Council took on a brand new look following final fall’s civic elections, but it surely’s exhausting to consider the territorial strategy the place members look out for their very own pursuits goes to alter considerably going ahead.

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It stands to motive the larger the crossing, the extra money it might value, which theoretically means there can be much less to spend elsewhere within the area. We’ve already been advised by a NDP-hired advisor that the 10-lane bridge undertaking initiated by the previous Liberal authorities is simply too massive and that we should always take into account six- or eight-lane choices, both a bridge or one other tunnel.

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Though the worth could be engaging, it might be completely ludicrous to spend tax {dollars} on a six-lane crossing given we require a minimal of 4 lanes going with the frenzy in the present day, not to mention within the many years to come back. Until some type of fast transit all of the sudden turns into greater than a pipe dream for the Freeway 99 hall, six lanes merely isn’t going to chop it so it shouldn’t even be on the desk.

If 10 is simply too many and 6 is, hopefully, thought-about inadequate, it stands to motive {that a} difference-splitting eight-lane span is the place that is going to finish up, so reasonably than taking nearly two years to compile a enterprise case, let’s get issues going a lot sooner.

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Delta Mayor George Harvie has already questioned the provincial authorities’s timeline and is fearful {that a} new crossing, notably if a federal environmental evaluate is required, might be as distant as 2030. That’s clearly not acceptable and it’s laughable given this course of began again in 2013.

It’s one factor for the NDP to place its stamp on this undertaking, however foot dragging isn’t mandatory.

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