Congestion is plaguing workers on Annacis Island.
“I’m about half a kilometer to the exit from the Alex Fraser Bridge. And we will sit there at times for an hour and a half.”
Enduring up to two hour waits in traffic is becoming a daily routine that’s taking its toll.
That’s what Rick Gibbs does five days a week, every afternoon.
“It’s almost every single day. And the cost to a business like mine – we’re not a small- or medium-sized business – it’s catastrophic.”
He says it’s costing his company a lot of cash.
“I would estimate it’s costing this company close to $50,000 a year.”
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson empathizes; she goes through the same problems.
“I use Annacis all the time to go to Burnaby for our Metro meetings and it’s just beyond. There’s no robust system that can connect us with anything from our side of the river.”
Jackson knows it’s an issue that demands more attention.
“It really is a problem that’s not being addressed. I’m going to be looking at the traffic aspect of this and see if we can make some recommendations.”
Jackson has long been an advocate of tolling all crossings to alleviate some of the traffic on the Alex Fraser.
She says the problem will only increase with construction on the new Massey Tunnel replacement bridge to begin next year.