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Bridge to Gabriola a no-go

No fixed link to Gabriola after a study shows the costs outweigh the measured benefits.

The province has announced results of the Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study and it concludes that while a bridge appears to be technically feasible, it would not be a cost-effective alternative to the current ferry link.

Because of this, the province says it will not consider a fixed link to Gabriola Island at this time.

The study examined alignments, road connections, construction cost, operation and maintenance costs, travel time, reliability and flexibility for potential users.

It also looked at the socio-economic and environmental impacts of such a connection.

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The study confirmed that a number of combinations of possible road and bridge options exist, ranging in cost from $258 million to $520 million with the average estimated project cost is $359 million.

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