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Counterflow changes to George Massey tunnel

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A traffic advisory has been issued regarding counterflow operations at the George Massey Tunnel.

Commuters using the George Massey Tunnel along Highway 99 should note a change to rush-hour counterflow operations, effective Monday, March 11, 2024, as part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s ongoing system enhancements.

The current electronic lane-control system will be offline for a duration of four weeks starting March 11, to be replaced by manual counterflow operations.

During peak commuting hours, trained traffic-control crews will manually implement the counterflow using a combination of specialized vehicles, personnel, and traffic management equipment, including cones and barriers, ensuring safe passage through the tunnel.

Manual counterflow operations will be in effect from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, mirroring the existing time slots.

In order to facilitate the transition to the new system, complete overnight closures of the tunnel and adjacent routes will be enforced from April 4 to April 8. Detailed closure plans and alternative routes will be communicated later in March.

During the manual counterflow period, drivers are urged to exercise caution, adhere to posted speed limits, remain vigilant for traffic management personnel, and consult DriveBC for real-time updates:


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