Advocating for elimination of traffic gridlock in Greater Vancouver; an expansion of the Port of Vancouver into Hotham Sound, on Jervis Inlet; and meaningful improvements in the service provided by BC Ferries.

 

Same Mission, Different Route

For years our Society has advocated for a highway between the Upper Sunshine Coast and the rest of the province, by way of the logging roads out of Powell River and Squamish, connected by sections of new road in the wilderness around the end of Jervis Inlet.

In late 2017, that old route went out the window when international consulting engineers alerted us to the fact that it is now possible to build a bridge across Jervis Inlet, at the narrow point just north of Hotham Sound.

A long, clear-span suspension bridge at that point would set the stage for a new and shorter route (100 km), a highway much less expensive to build (no tunnels), and bring with it the potential for a port — a satellite of the hard-pressed Port of Vancouver, with all the economic and employment benefits that would bring to the new location.

The route (see map, below) would cross the traditional lands of the Sishalh and Squamish First Nations and any such project would thus require their participation.

Our task today is to show them, and the governments in Victoria and Ottawa how this new road and rail route would ease the existing gridlock on the highways of Greater Vancouver and the growing congestion in its port.  Part and parcel of this task will be to show how building both the Jervis bridge and the one between Highway 99 and the Lower Sunshine Coast will permit a major overhaul in the way BC Ferries serves its customers and thus rid the Province of another chronic transportation headache.

Watch this website for the latest developments in the growing economic case for this new third crossing, as they’re set forth in the coming weeks and months.

Gary Fribance, President