July 26, 2016 by vancouvereastgreens
Most mayors on the Metro Vancouver Board support the report which highlights the following issues:
- Insufficient consideration of alternatives to a ten-lane bridge.
- Lack of integration into the regional growth strategy and transportation network.
- Ecological disruption to the Fraser River estuary, an important habitat for salmon and birds.
- Impacts on Metro Vancouver infrastructure, including water mains and sewer lines.
- Recreational and ecological disruption on Deas Island Regional Park.
- Downloading of major expenditures onto local governments for road improvements.
- Negative effects on transit ridership and affordability.
- Insufficient consideration to climate change and air quality.
The only thing road projects like this do is move the traffic jam; 8 of the 10 lanes are for single occupancy vehicles. Mass transit is a better solution. It seems BC’s Liberal government would rather build a bridge high enough to allow LNG tankers to pass under rather than widening the Massey Tunnel and improving its seismic readiness.