Massey Tunnel to close nightly from Thursday to Monday

By CityNews Staff

Drivers beware: The Massey Tunnel is set to close every night for four nights starting Thursday.

From April 4 to April 8, the tunnel will be shut to northbound traffic from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Officials say the closures are necessary in order to upgrade the lane-control system.

During the affected hours, traffic will be detoured onto the Alex Fraser Bridge. Drivers are being told to give themselves extra time to get to their destinations.

A map showing a detour onto the Alex Fraser Bridge during night-time closures from April 4 to April 8.
A map showing a detour onto the Alex Fraser Bridge during night-time closures from April 4 to April 8. (Ministry of Transportation)

According to the Ministry of Transportation, “measures will be in place to reduce congestion and keep traffic moving as much as possible along the detour route.”

Delta Coun. Dylan Kruger says the continued safety upgrades, repairs, and delays at the Massey Tunnel have real impacts on commuters and businesses.

“[People are] reaching out to local officials saying, ‘Can you help me? Because right now my commute sucks. I do not have consistency in my ability to make it to appointments,'” Kruger told CityNews.

Safety upgrades for the counterflow lane, repairs, and the usual snarl-ups because of stalls and accidents have Kruger angry that it will be 2030 at the earliest before a new tunnel will open.

“Commuters using the Massey Tunnel are just looking for some stability and predictability in their lives. I think, you wake up every morning and you think ‘what’s gonna go wrong today,'” he added.

Delta Mayor George Harvie says the work is necessary on the old Massey and commuters have to accept that it’s needed for safety.

“But I would sure like to see, accelerated as much as possible, the new tunnel. That’s what we need and hopefully, the province at some point in this year will be able to announce more about its timeline,” he told CityNews.

Harvie echoed Kruger’s frustration and is pushing hard for work on the replacement to proceed.

“I’m disappointed that we have to continue to have an old asset there that needs continual maintenance and I’ll be glad when they can speed up and do as much as they can to get the new tunnel construction done as soon as possible,” he explained.

“It’s not just Delta here, it’s the region that needs this infrastructure. That is why I’ll be asking my fellows mayors to support a motion to have an update in person by the Ministry of Transportation.”

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With files from Mike Lloyd

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