Well well well… looks like my sources are correct – again!
I reported back in April of this year, that significant scope changes had been made to the initial proposal for the SFPR, and talked about that again in August when the revised consortium signed a deal with the province – and sure enough, that information was confirmed today by News 1130 reported, Dave White. ( this fellow has ” the” nose for news – kudo’s to him on this)
Dave just emailed me this story:
Downgrades to South Fraser Perimeter Road project
Project already millions over budget and behind schedule
Dave White Oct 08, 2010 11:53:15 AMBe the first to Comment
DELTA (NEWS1130) – It’s already million of dollars over budget and a year behind schedule. But now, News1130 has learned there are major downgrades to the South Fraser Perimeter Road project.
Delta’s engineering department tells us the planned freeway route was scrapped in favor of a stop-and-go highway controlled by traffic signals.
Councillor Anne Peterson says, “It is touted by the province that it’s good for the environment because you don’t have trucks sitting or traveling through neighbourhood roads and sitting at lights… It was promoted as a means of saving money for truck companies and industries.”
Peterson says Delta learned the highway will be upgraded when the traffic volume is there, and she’s been told congestion will be bad on opening day.
In August, Transportation Minister Shirley Bond told us there were no plans to scrap interchanges. “We have had to make some adjustments in the project timeline, but the project is moving forward as aggressively as we can.”
Good God. Has Shirley Bond no shame? None whatsoever? Does she kiss her grandbabies with the same mouth that spouts this nonsense?
The gig is up.
The SFPR will never be upgraded because it simply becomes redundant when the Panama Canal expansion opens, eliminating the need for many eastern shipping companies to offload here and truck or rail their cargo across the country at great cost. Not to mention there is already a surplus of port space along the west coast of North American, with some ports relatively idle, which would make the Deltaport expansion and SFPR a costly exercise in political influence and cronyism, nothing more.
There simply is not enough money floating around to finish all these transportation projects as planned, and so these kind of scope changes are inevitable. At this point the province would be on the hook for potentially billions in legal awards and costs if the plan was scrapped, so move ahead they must, making changes to save money as they go, and tell everyone it was planned all along.
BC Liberals. Spending your future, NOW.