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Massey tunnel one of B.C.'s 'worst roads,' says survey

The George Massey Tunnel made BCAA
The George Massey Tunnel made BCAA's top-10 worst roads list, due to its congestion.
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Traffic congestion in the George Massey Tunnel has landed the Fraser River crossing on the B.C. Automobile Association's latest top-10 Worst Roads list.

Released Thursday, the fourth annual list—determined by the association through a survey—ranks the tunnel No. 5. Silver Star Road in Vernon ranked No. 1.

The only other Lower Mainland routes on the list are the Pattullo Bridge and Maple Crescent in Maple Ridge.

Voters nominated 1,277 separate stretches of road across the province for lack of safety, navigational difficulty or traffic congestion.

"Votes tripled this year. This says to me that British Columbians want a way to express their road frustrations and appreciate the opportunity to have their say," said the association's Ken Cousin in a news release.

Cousin noted the survey is meant to highlight safety concerns and raise awareness of problem roads.

"We all play a role in being safe on our roads. For drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, it’s about being mindful, following the rules of the road and watching your behaviour.”

The province is drafting plans to replace the tunnel with a bridge as wide as 10 lanes. Ministry officials say the tunnel has 10 to 15 years of useful life remaining, and construction on a new span could start as early as 2017.

BCAA’s Worst Roads Survey

1. Silver Star Road (Vernon)

2. Westside Road (West Kelowna)

3. Cosens Bay Road (Coldstream)

4. Westside Road (West Kelowna)

5. George Massey Tunnel (Richmond)

6. McKenzie Avenue (Victoria)

7. Pattullo Bridge (Surrey)

8. Maple Crescent (Maple Ridge)

9. Westside Road (Vernon)

10. Island Highway (Malahat)

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