No bridge between Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland, says province


It’s the bridge idea that’s going nowhere. On Thursday, the B.C. government announced that they’ve concluded their study on the feasibility of a “fixed-link crossing” between the lower mainland and the Sunshine Coast, and it’s not going to happen.

In 2015, The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a Request for Proposals to undertake a study of the feasibility of constructing a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland as an alternative to existing air and ferry services–currently the only way to access the Sunshine Coast.

A few months later, in early 2016, the Ministry contracted R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. to conduct the study, which zeroed in on four routes: two bridge-link crossings and two road-link crossings connecting the upper and lower halves of the Sunshine Coast.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report)

Ultimately, though, all of these would cost too much due to “serious challenges, including steep rocky areas, mountain passes and deep water channels.”

Furthermore, the study found that none of the options would totally get rid of the need to travel by ferry.

So it remains that the only way to get from the Lower Mainland to the Sunshine Coast is to grab a ferry or hop a flight.