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#121 Danma

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 03:09 PM

There's going to be a dedicated pedestrian and cycling tunnel - I'm actually most excited about that as it makes bike touring far easier from Swartz Bay.

 

This is genuinely interesting, as it gives me an option of cycling into town from Tsawwassen that didn't exist before.

Hopefully they'd link it up with some decent bike paths on either side...


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#122 LJ

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 07:26 PM

But the eight lane tunnel only has three lanes each way for vehicle traffic. This is exactly the same as they have now with the counter flow lanes.

 

It's not going to improve anything.

 

The only reason this is a tunnel is because the Liberals proposed a bridge, which would be open by next year by the way, if they had continued on with it.


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#123 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 09:11 PM

I think traffic levels are not really increasing or won’t. the old tunnel can be refurbished to last another 40 years.

#124 Mike K.

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 03:25 AM

Conceivably you could counter flow lanes with the new design, too, but the highway only has three lanes. Unless they counterflow highway lanes motorists will bunch up going from four to three.

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#125 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 03:29 AM

is there currently congestion? all these Road and transit projects seem to be going ahead while ignoring the potential new reality of more WFH and reduced 9-5 office workers and student movement.

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 03:32 AM

Yes, it’s congested. WFH won’t change the fact it’s the only crossing for many miles in a region with millions of people.
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#127 punk cannonballer

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 07:13 AM

But the eight lane tunnel only has three lanes each way for vehicle traffic. This is exactly the same as they have now with the counter flow lanes.

 

It's not going to improve anything.

 

The only reason this is a tunnel is because the Liberals proposed a bridge, which would be open by next year by the way, if they had continued on with it.

 

Of course it will improve things. If nothing else (and there are other benefits) a dedicated BRT lane will mean much faster public transit through there.


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#128 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 04:53 AM

5 things you (probably) didn't know about Massey Tunnel

 

It's a true low point in Canada
 
 
 
 

1. It's the lowest road in Canada

 

This may come as a surprise, but if you think about it, it makes sense. Most of Canada is not at sea level, so tunnels in other places may be further below the surface, but not as low down.

 

The road's lowest point isn't that time it got fired and was couch surfing for a month, but about 22 metres below the Fraser River, which empties into the ocean just to the west of the tunnel.

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...-tunnel-5318889


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#129 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 31 July 2022 - 05:08 AM

Sixty years ago, a political ­melodrama unfolded 13 kilometres east of ­Revelstoke.

 

In the summer of 1962, after 12 years of political wrangling and great feats of engineering, the final section of the Trans-Canada Highway was nearing completion.

 

That long-awaited section was the 148-kilometre stretch between Golden and Revelstoke. Crossing the ruggedly imposing Selkirk Mountains, where 15 metres of snow can accumulate in ­winter and avalanches thunder down the surrounding slopes, the Rogers Pass ­highway was one of the most ­challenging segments of the entire 7,821-kilometre Trans-­Canada project. It took five years to build and cost $40 million (about $965 million in today’s dollars).

 

https://www.timescol...ng-feat-5644076



 



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