Huntington Challenges Minister on Direction of South Fraser Perimeter Road
Victoria BC – Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington grilled Transportation Minister Shirley Bond today about the South Fraser Perimeter Road, laying out unanswered questions and increasing doubts about this troubled project. Using the last day of the legislative session to focus on this massive road development, Huntington raised serious concerns about the project and the real reasons for the one-year delay in completion.
“In a rather bizarre press release entitled ‘South Fraser Perimeter Road Moves Forward,’ the government announced a delay in the Delta portion of the project. I think we can all rejoice in that the government has finally admitted that in moving forward, it’s going backward,” Huntington stated during question period.
The official explanations for the delay - that the Environmental Assessment and Land Commission decisions took too long - are ridiculous, according to Huntington. She asked whether the preload was proving unstable, or if there has been a complication in the tendering process. Other possibilities are that the consortium, or the government, has run out of money for this project, or that a new environmental concern has emerged.
Huntington asked whether a better use of the existing road and distribution system (extending to 18 hours a day for example) had been considered. She also asked whether a widened Panama Canal (expected to be complete in 2013) will reroute container traffic to east coast ports, or if a delay in the development of Deltaport Terminal 2 means this massive four-lane divided highway is no longer justified.
“The government has announced a delay it is unwilling to explain. Delta is the community that must suffer this road and we’d like some transparency in the backroom discussions that affect us,” said Huntington.
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