Ferry problems can only be solved with a Fixed Link !

A Fixed Link is a must !

Road accsess to the Sunshine Coast is basic transportation infrastructure, mainland to mainland. The future can not pretend it is an island. Many gulf island can also be connected, by bridge, tunnel or concrete pipe, floating or submerged. Eventually Vancouver Island will have Fixed Links, one in the south, via US Gulf Islands, and one mid Island via Sunshine Coast.

And we will still have many ferries, more than now. One should leave Vancouver and one Pr. Rupert every day of the year, connecting all small and large communities on the way.

 

 

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10-lane bridge to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel.

10-lane bridge to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel.

Put this costly project, that does not solve anything, on hold. If the main thing is to get larger vessels up the Fraser, then no, the Fraser need less vessel traffic. We have harbours and docks that can handle the traffic with more and larger vessels. One, two or more tunnels can fix the crossing of the south arm.

The Fixed Link, mainland to Sunshine Coast mainland, and a Bypass Road to Powell River, connecting with the Comox ferry, will give many times the economic value to BC, and cost a lot less.

Look at the ferry traffic , now a problem every day, not only summer and long weekends. Until the Link and the Bypass Road are in place, run two ferries, day and night, cost whatever it cost, and start build sections of critical bypass roads. In addition use larger, faster passenger only ferries, operated by BC Ferries or on long term contracts.

Crossing Howe Sound at Montagu Channel that runs between Anvil Island and the mainland, including Porteau Cove area. A road with 3 tunnels brings you to Port Mellon.

The only way to cross is here at Porteau Cove, where we have the only relative shallow ground. The narrow shipping channel can be crossed with a concrete pipe, brigde or tunnel. The rest is a causeway. All the traffic will be spread over 24 hr. on Sea to Sky, avoiding Horseshoe Bay. A lot of the Comox traffic will go east via Squamish, Pemberton, Duffy Lake, Pr. George or Kamloops, avoiding West and North Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley.

This should connect with Woodfibre LNG, a very valuable new industry for BC and Canada. More deep sea ports can be located at Potlach and McNab Creek, in addition to the exsisting one in Port Mellon.

This will revitalize the whole coast, take some pressure of Vancouver area, and greatly benefit all of BC, including Vancouver Island.  Another benefit is that Trans Canada Highway 1. will open up further west, not stop in Horsehoe Bay.

This is a major transportation infrastructure project to benefit all of BC. A joint project of Canada, BC , Native Nations and investors, not political.

As an old Socred, working with socio-economic development in that era, I might have a wider perspective of the many current problems, and how to solve them. Remember the Coquihalla, paid off in record time. But, do we really need Site C in todays greener world ?

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Another ferry free project in Norway

This could easily be Sunshine Coast and on to Vancouver Island

 Use Google translate

 

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After the Fixed Link

First published June 2016

Yes, it will be built in our lifetime!

The provincial study will show that a Fixed Link is far better in the short and long run, compared with ferries that are costly to build, costly to operate, and not very reliable and not environmental friendly.

If you look at Vancouver as a pressure cooker of water front and real estate, the Sunshine Coast with a fixed Link is the safety valve.

It will be a new reality. People can come and go whenever they want to. Business can locate and relocate here without depending on the ferries. Industry can compete, indeed benefit from establishing on the Coast. Tourism can reach goals they never dreamed of. New prospects that we never thought of can now be reality! We are part of the mainland! No longer an island!

This Connector must cross Howe Sound at a place where it makes socio economic sense. This place is at Porteau Cove area, because of the only shallow ridge. This crossing will be a long causeway, and a short bridge, tunnell or concrete tube, over or under the narrow shipping lane. A fraction of the cost of two Golden Gate briges via Anvil Island or a road to Squamish.

At this site Woodfibre LNG can also connect to the crossing. Easy road to Port Mellon, and all the way, crown land, like the First Narrows Bridge financing.

Let us face the facts: Woodfibre LNG will be the first, and an example to the two or three other LNG plants in BC. They will save $100 mill. over the 35 year span by not having to operate ferries, tug and barges, watertaxies and seaplanes. Also an environmental saving, as most problems are with tugs and barges.

The Sunshine Coast would get many 100’s of jobs, during the construction and permanent.

The 4 lane Highway from Potlatch Creek to Port Mellon is part of stage one, the crossing, together with CN Rail service. Two bridges and three short tunnels. It is easier to tunnel, than to build a highway hanging on the outside cliffs, like some of the Sea to Sky.

Port Mellon is a good Deep Sea Port, safe for any size ocean-going ships. Vancouver Harbour have 52 or more commodities that requires expensive waterfront, and many could easily be relocated in Port Mellon. We need the jobs, they need the valuable foreshore.

One can not build a Fixed Link without a bypass road to connect with Powell River and Mid Vancouver Island. 4 lanes to Sechelt, and a good 2 lanes to Nelson Island, crossing Agamemnon Channel to a new temporary ferry terminal in Vanguard Bay, where one have a short crossing to Saltery Bay. The Comox ferry could use the same terminal, eliminating one ferry.

This is where a future link can also be reality to Vancouver Island.

This connection with Vancouver Island is most important. Much of he traffic here will cross Howe Sound and turn left to Squamish, Pemberton and drive back east via Kamloops or Prince George. This traffic is just using the Sunshine Coast as a bypass, and we have to except that.

All traffic to the coast will now be spread over 24 hours on the Sea to Sky, leaving Horseshoe Bay for Nanaimo and Bowen Island. BC Ferries should now look at using the Langdale Terminal for a Nanaimo run?

Yes, the population will increase, but the empty storefronts will be filled. The Sunshine Coast will always be a relaxed waterfront community, have its own identity, and never be just an extension of West Vancouver.

The Langdale Terminal should be used for fast passenger ferries, directly to downtovn, many do not need a car for a trip to Vancouver. These ferries should  service Georgia Straight communities from Campbell River to Vancouver.

With the Link, we can live here, and go to Vancouver to when we want to. Families can have children going to university. One can attend cultural and sports event, indeed have a dinner, and drive back home 24 hours. One can travel to and from the airport without staying overnight. We would have a new life, be part of the west coast, and live where we want to live.

And, as important, the visitors, or tourist, or family, can come for a visit, and drive home whenever they want to.

We are part of the mainland BC. Treated like an Island, and not served by the ferries the way we and our visitors deserve.

If we are willing to pay $20 for each car, each way, any amount of passengers, there will be a number of pension and other funds lining up to fund this project. We do not need government financing. They will benefit from sale of crown land and increased tax base.

Think it over, and if a Fixed Link is what you want, tell somebody that can help make it happen !

We might not get a second chance!

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Vancouver Magazine

A Fixed Link

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Samples of Fixed Links

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A bridge over the shipping lane

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Or a concrete pipe under the narrow shipping lane

A couple of these from North Vancouver to downtown, and one from Deep Cove eastward would be nice. These could replace many ferries in BC.

Floating bridges around the world

Simple solution are often the best, no need for two Golden Gate bridges over Anvil Island.

 

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A simple causeway

Romsdalsaksen: Mange mener at Romsdalsaksen vil bli både billigere og bedre enn Møreaksen. (Foto: Romsdalsaksen)

The causeway at a Porteau Cove Crossing can be as simple as this.

The narrow crossing of the deep sea shipping lane can be a tunnel, a conrete pipe or a bridge.

George says: A view of a Marine Chart shows this is the narrowest and most shallow place for a crossing of Howe Sound.

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