Fixed Link – Sunshine Coast Connector

A Fixed Link Report coming Read the whole article here:

Open house dates:

From Tuesday (October 18) to November 8, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will seek online feedback from the public. There will also be open houses held in Gibsons, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish, and West Vancouver in the latter part of October.

There’s a great deal of public commentary about a fixed link on a blog called Sunshine Coast Connector. Created by retiree Oddvin Vedo, it promotes extending the Trans-Canada Highway to the Sunshine Coast in the first phase, with step two linking the region by road to Vancouver Island.

He claims on his blog that a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland “would result in a significant economic benefit” to B.C., which is why he wants the province to advocate for federal infrastructure funding.

Vedo would like a new four-lane highway running from Potlatch Creek, which is about 10 kilometres north of Britannia Beach, to Port Mellon. Then from Port Mellon, he argued, there should be a four-lane bypass road to Sechelt following the B.C. Hydro lines, and a mostly new two-lane road from Sechelt to Earls Cove. To reach Powell River, he’s called for a floating bridge, “submersed for shipping lanes”, across Saltery Bay from Earls Cove.

Phase two to Vancouver Island would come later.

“The next step is the same floating concrete pipe from Nelson [Island] to Texada [Island] and to Comox, submersed only in the shipping lanes,” Vedo recommends.

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