Watch: Crews tame the mighty Fraser during 1950s construction of George Massey Tunnel
In the 1950s, Vancouver, B.C., was growing quickly. Commercial vehicles, residents and visitors all crossed the broad Fraser River at one point: the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster – or took elderly ferries to make their way north or south from the growing metropolis.
The solution: build a tunnel. The George Massey tunnel was one of the first of its kind – constructed in sections and sunk into the depths rather than dug beneath the river. This approach taxed the skills of engineers and work crews as the project progressed. Watch this unique engineering challenge unfold in this vintage film from 1958.