Massey BridgeTwo contracts for preliminary construction work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project will go to tender this week. One contract will be for work in Delta and another for work in Richmond, and is for site preparation to compress the ground for future lane widening.

Work will begin after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) receives the project’s Environmental Assessment and Agricultural Land Commission certificates.

Ditch improvements and the placement of pre-load material on soft soils adjacent to the existing highway will compress the ground in advance of the main work so ground settlement following construction will be minimized. Pre-loading involves lengthy timelines and will start as soon as all approvals are in place.

Data gathered from the work will be provided to the three short-listed builders, for the major construction contract, so they may better assess technical conditions in the preparation of their designs. The ministry expects to have its preferred builder chosen by this summer.

The new bridge project which includes dedicated transit lanes, will halve some commute times and improve travel-time reliability for the 10,000 transit passengers and more than 80,000 vehicles that use the tunnel each day. The bridge, which will provide some 9,000 jobs, is scheduled to open in 2022.