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Massey Tunnel to get new lights, other upgrades

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:26 PDT, Thu May 14, 2020

Last Updated: 11:21 PDT, Thu May 21, 2020

Work is underway to improve brightness and visibility in the George Massey Tunnel.

The current work does not affect ongoing plans to replace the tunnel. Existing lights on the tunnel walls and ceiling are being replaced with LED bulbs to increase visibility, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Plans for the new, future crossing are underway with a business case expected to be ready for the fall,” said Transportation Minister Claire Trevena. 

Other work includes improving tunnel drainage to prevent ice build-up and water from pooling at tunnel entrances. The ventilation and electrical systems will also be upgraded. These additional safety improvements are already underway and are scheduled to be completed by spring 2021.

Black & McDonald Limited of Vancouver has been awarded a contract valued at $19 million for this work, which is part of a $40-million suite of interim safety and reliability improvements.

Most of the work will be done at night to minimize delays. Notification of lane closures will be provided in advance. For up-to-date highway travel information, visit DriveBC.ca. 

While highways and roads remain open, the public health officer recommends people stay close to home and avoid any non-essential travel.

For more information, visit: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/masseytunnel/

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