Two contracts for preliminary construction work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project go to tender this week.
The contracts are for site prep to improve ground conditions for future lane widening.
Both early works contracts will operate under an environmental management plan to make sure it falls in line with the plan’s environment obligations.
Construction will begin this year on the new bridge replacing the tunnel.
This new bridge, along with highway improvements, are expected to cut some commute times in half and improve travel-time for the reported 10,000 transit passengers and more than 80,000 vehicles that use the tunnel each day.
The project will include a design that meets modern seismic standards, along with other key safety benefits such as additional lanes that make merging safer and reduce collisions by an estimated 35 per cent, along with wider lanes and shoulders that will improve safety and emergency response times.
It’s estimated that about 9,000 direct jobs will be created over the life of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.
The bridge is slated to open in 2022.