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Public consultation for the Massey Tunnel replacement project begins

Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 6:55 am PST

FILE - Massey Tunnel traffic backed up on May 6, 2015. (NEWS 1130 file photo)

You will have until mid-February to have your say, while the City of Richmond has until the end of January

There are two open houses being held later this month so inform people about the $3.5 billion project

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – The public consultation process over the Massey Tunnel replacement project begins today. But Richmond’s mayor already has a number of concerns with the amount of time the government is allocating to it.

You can start submitting comments online today with the first public consultation set for just over a week from now.

However, the six-hour session in Richmond isn’t enough for that city’s mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The public has to give their concerns and thoughts by February 15th — it’s a very short period of time and for part of the process, the city has only until the end of January to comment on the project definition report.”

He adds any input is also hamstrung by the fact there aren’t all that many details available on the replacement bridge.

“The City of Richmond has been asking for more information ever since this project was announced and I don’t feel we’re a whole lot farther ahead. I just have no confidence that we’ll be any closer to the real answers once this consultation period is over.”

The first of two open houses are in Richmond on January 26th, with a similar session the following night in Delta.

A new, tolled bridge would cost $3.5 billion and would be open by 2022.