Shortlist announced for George Massey Tunnel in British Columbia

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The province of British Columbia has shortlisted three consortia to design and build a replacement for the George Massey Tunnel on the southern outskirts of Vancouver in Canada.

The competing teams include:

  1. "Cross Fraser Partnership," spearheaded by the Canadian division of the French conglomerate Bouygues, in collaboration with Spanish contractor FCC, Pomerleau from Quebec, consulting engineer Arcadis, and Dutch maritime specialist Boskalis. 

  2. A consortium jointly led by two South Korean companies, Daewoo and GS Engineering and Construction, in partnership with Ontario-based engineer Hatch, and Danish consulting engineer Ramboll. 

  3. "Fraser River Tunnel Constructors," headed by Spain’s Acciona, in association with Canada's Aecon Construction, US contractor Flatiron, Dutch civil engineer Strukton Immersion Projects, and TEC Tunnel Engineering Consultants, a joint venture between Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen + Bos of the Netherlands. 

The US$3 billion tunnel, initially unveiled in 2021, will be a prefabricated structure known as an "immersed tunnel," positioned on the bed of the Fraser River. These three teams will now develop intricate plans for this 1 km-long tunnel, designed to accommodate eight vehicle lanes and two for pedestrians and cyclists. The winning team will also undertake the construction of a 350 m highway bridge for the tunnel’s southern entrance, involving the demolition of the existing structure. This advancement in tunnel infrastructure will not only boost trade with the US but also provide a crucial connection to Vancouver International Airport. 

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