The Transportation Investment Corporation (TIC) has retained Binnie as the Owner’s Engineer for the Highways and Civil Works portion of the Fraser River Tunnel Project. Key elements of the Fraser River Tunnel Project include:
Construction of a new eight-lane Immersed Tube Tunnel (ITT) to meet modern seismic and safety design standards and removal of the existing George Massey Tunnel crossing and Reversible Lane Control Systems.
Widening and realignment of Highway 99 from south of the Highway 17 Interchange in Delta to Westminster Highway in Richmond to accommodate three general purpose lanes and a dedicated transit lane in both directions of travel.
Construction of a new bridge crossing to replace the existing Deas Slough Bridge at the ITT south portal.
Design and construction of a new separated multi-use path through the ITT to allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel conveniently between Richmond and Delta.
Notably, the Steveston Interchange Project, which Binnie has also been retained as the Owner’s Engineer, forms a crucial component of the overall program.
As Owner’s Engineer, Binnie is directly responsible for leading all activities for the Highways and Civil Works component of the Project. This includes preparing a multi-disciplinary Reference Concept design during the development phase, technical specifications during the procurement phase, and design and construction oversight during implementation. Binnie leads a large multi-disciplinary team of engineering and specialist sub-consultants comprised of Structural, Geotechnical, ITS/Electrical, Active Transportation, and other experts as part of its Owner’s Engineer team.
When completed, the Fraser River Tunnel Project will result in improved safety, travel time, and reliability throughout the Highway 99 corridor, allowing for increased business and economic productivity. Transit will be quicker, safer and more reliable with dedicated bus-only lanes to accommodate fast and frequent bus rapid transit services. The Project will also encourage forms of active transportation with a dedicated active transportation connection for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Fraser River.