Third Crossing Society

Powell River, BC

Promoting a new east west transportation corridor in BC.

Download & view a PDF of our “ROOM TO GROW PROPOSAL” to expand the Port of Vancouver into Jervis inlet:

Our proposed road creates the potential for a major new addition to the Pacific Gateway, and the relief it would bring to the congested highways and bridges in the Lower Mainland.

Our task now is to help both the federal and provincial governments understand how and why that is so.

The issues are as follows:

  • The main obstacle to our road has always been Jervis Inlet. Our information has always been that a bridge over Jervis was impossible, so our road had to go around the end of it.
  • This meant our road would be almost 200 kilometres long, and require two tunnels. Binnie’s ballpark estimate for all that was $4.5- to $5-billion.
  • However, while waiting for Binnie’s report, we consulted with a leading bridge engineering firm and discovered that a bridge over Jervis is indeed possible. At its narrowest point Jervis is only 1.5 km wide, much less than a 1.9 km suspension bridge in Japan.
  • This bridge would be expensive, but less so than Binnie’s estimates for the two tunnels on the original route, and as an added bonus
  • The new route would be only half as long as the original.

So what is the relevance of all that to transportation in British Columbia?

  • Start from the City of Kamloops, an important transportation hub. The Trans Canada Highway brings most travellers and freight into British Columbia through Kamloops.
  • Freight trains – both CN and CP – also come through Kamloops.
  • From there everything heads south, creating or adding to the gridlock and traffic misery in the Lower Mainland.
  • Much of that traffic could be redirected down Highway 99, through Lillooet, Whistler and then our new route across Jervis, and on down a new road on the west side of Hotham Sound to Saltery Bay and the Pacific.

That’s the first part of the story.

The next part starts on the lower coast, where the importance of the Anvil Island bridge becomes clear.

  • That bridge eliminates the Langdale ferry – we all knew that.
  • The trouble is, Binnie missed the next step, which would see the Nanaimo ferry’s mainland terminal move from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. The road would be a bit longer, but the ferry trip would be shorter.
  • More important, the Nanaimo ferry’s connection with the Trans Canada Highway at Nanaimo brings federal cost-sharing into play, which helps pay for the bridge.
  • Furthermore, with both the Langdale and Nanaimo ferries moved out of Horseshoe Bay, only the Snug Cove ferry is left. Multi million dollar repairs at HSB can be avoided and the terminal and its huge parking lot can be redeveloped for revenue-generating purposes.

For more information contact us at:

Gary Fribance

604 487 0821