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Kniwt

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Roads and bridges again proposed to link B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
« on: October 28, 2016, 10:54:58 AM »

The National Post reports:
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/isolationists-throw-doubt-on-ambitious-scheme-to-connect-remote-b-c-islands-with-mainland

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B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is floating proposals that would allow cars and trucks to bypass or traverse Howe Sound, the body of water that separates Gibsons and points north from the hurly-burly south.

... The latest discussion involves several different plans. One or all could be adopted, eventually. The most viable, say people at Thursday’s open house, is a suspension bridge/road that would see traffic divert from the highway near Horseshoe Bay, cross Howe Sound at its narrowest point, touch land for a bit at tiny Anvil Island, then complete the crossing on a second bridge that would reach the shore north of Gibsons.

Estimated construction cost: $2 billion to $2.5 billion.

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Re: Roads and bridges again proposed to link B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2016, 03:45:24 PM »

Is that Powell River Road Link actually being considered as a serious option? Sure, building a bridge is a costly thing, but surely, even at the additional cost point it should still be way more viable than building a 250km road through mountaineous terrain that is bound to require costly snow clearing on many days each year, never mind the potential for environmental complaints.
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Re: Roads and bridges again proposed to link B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2016, 08:25:54 PM »

Is that Powell River Road Link actually being considered as a serious option? Sure, building a bridge is a costly thing, but surely, even at the additional cost point it should still be way more viable than building a 250km road through mountaineous terrain that is bound to require costly snow clearing on many days each year, never mind the potential for environmental complaints.

Agreed, the 250 km roadway I doubt is economically feasible, not to mention the environmental impact of the roadway. The bridge option sounds very attractive though. If this project goes ahead, I'll keep an eye on it.

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Re: Roads and bridges again proposed to link B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2016, 10:32:23 PM »

They probably threw that in there for the sake of showing an option that connects the outer section without any major bridge construction.
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