The B.C. NDP seems to have taken a 10-lane bridge outside the table as an option to replace the Massey Tunnel, which is one of the worst bottlenecks in the province.
B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena met with Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and the city's staff earlier this month to discuss the future of the tunnel, which unites Delta communities and Richmond.
A report that recently went to the council suggests that the province has no interest in building a new crossing with ten lanes.
"The minister warned that any option of improving future crossings would not include a 10-lane bridge," said the report.
"The Ministry recognizes the important negative impacts that the scale of this project would have on host communities, especially for Richmond."
The B.C. Liberals began construction last year on a bridge of $ 3.5 billion dollars.
When the NDP took over, the project was paused and engineer Stan Cowdell was hired to examine new options for upgrading or replacing the tunnel.
At that time, you're still considering a 10-lane bridge.
Cowdell completed his study several months ago, but has not yet been made public.
"The minister received the report in June, and is examining, along with options for the next steps," said the Ministry of Transport in an email statement.
"Minister Trevena is discussing his results with the mayors of the subway before making the independent review and the next steps of the public government before the end of the year."
Delta South MLA Ian Paton, a 10-lane bridge supporter, says travelers are tired of waiting for a solution.
"If the study shows that they prefer an eight-lane bridge instead of ten, I can surely live with that," he said.
"We continue moving forward and we have something to happen."
Brodie, the mayor of Richmond, says he prefers the tunneling of the tunnel to improve the flow of traffic.
"Our complaint has always been that the bridge of 10 lanes was so massive and excessive that it had all kinds of implications that were very negative," he said.