I am getting good feedback from this site, and the articles below. I have not meet a single person that does not want a road connection.
The obvious road connector is now a bridge from the Porteau Cove area, crossing over to the Defence Islands the Sunshine Coast Mainland. The relative shallow waters are ideal for a crossing. A bridge, starting with height for any size ship, and down to a water level crossing over to Potlach Creek. The alternative to a bridge is a tunnel, or a part floating concrete tunnel where ships cross over. The engineers will decide the best alternative.
Potlach Creek to McNab Creek is definitely a tunnel. From McNab to Port Mellon some say a road can be built, but a tunnel does not cost any more, easy to build and maintain, and safe to drive.
The best ferry system can not sustain the way of life the residence on the Sunshine Coast deserve to maintain normal living and business requirements, and certainly not provide for any growth. Only a highway can secure a quality way of life, with unrestricted travel at any time, day and night.
A new bypass road will have to be built, but with some road improvements, and with direct commercial ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Saltery Bay and Comox, the local road pressure will be tolerated with mostly local, tourist and recreational vehicles.
The Coquihalla and the new Alex Fraser Bridge are major successful projects, the Sunshine Coast Connector would be a relative small project in comparison. Both financed with toll until paid.
The toll on this connector would be half of the ferry cost,
and a pleasure to pay, a nice drive, any time.