A pleasing design,
allowing all ship traffic to and from Squamish and Woodfibre.
This type of crossing could be a likely choice for Howe Sound near Porteau Cove Park and Defence Islands (map) to Potlach Creek area. Look at the sea charts and see the shallow underwater ridge that can enable a simple crossing of Howe Sound.
A short tunnel from there to McNab Creek, a crossing high up in this beautiful valley, another tunnel to Port Mellon, and highway from there.
McNab Creek area should be considered for a Provincial or Regional Park, to restrict use and plan any development, it is a unique area facing south in Howe Sound.
Expanded deep sea port facilities could be established in the Port Mellon industrial area, creating local jobs and freeing up some vessel traffic to and from Port of Vancouver.
A longer north going tunnel to Woodfibre would enable this industrial area develop its potential as a land based LNG site.
From Gibsons it would take you 45 minutes comfortable drive to Vancouver. Suggested pay off, amortized over the number of years, setting the cost $ 10 pr car each way, at the bridge toll booth. There would not be an actual booth, but similar system as on the new Fraser River crossing. Construction financing by an International Fund.
This would be an extension of Highway 1, Trans Canada, with all the possibilities of benefits that would include. Many interest groups should certainly travel for free.
The Province would save a lot of money, bridges and tunnels are far less costly, and more reliable than operating ferries. This savings and the present ferries could be used for more important services.
The Sunshine Coast would become a sustainable place to live and work. The ferries and cost of transport will always restrict any business development apart from tourism, services and retirement.
The distance from Vancouver will prevent it from becoming a bedroom community.
The pleasant coastal lifestyle will always remain.