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 / 02.27.19

Coquitlam construction begins

The Coquitlam leg of the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrade project has begun and is scheduled for completion later this year.

This important work is part of a 20 kilometre-long gas line replacement. Phase one was successfully completed in Vancouver and west Burnaby late last year. 

This next phase will include the replacement of 5.5 kilometres of gas line along Como Lake Avenue, as well as an additional 6.5 kilometres in Burnaby.

How we’ll work in your community

Our natural gas line running from Vancouver to Coquitlam has been in service since the 1950s and is nearing the end of its useful operating life.

We’re upgrading it to make sure more than 210,000 customers across the Lower Mainland—including 30,000 in Coquitlam alone—continue to receive the natural gas they count on every day.

Lane closures are necessary

Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Lane closures will be necessary to allow our crews to work safely, and as quickly as possible. Como Lake Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction around construction areas. Between Linton and Robinson streets, westbound lanes will be restricted to local, emergency and bus access only.

The Como Lake Village Shopping Centre will remain open during construction, with multiple parking lot entrances being kept open. Traffic travelling east on Como Lake Avenue will always be able to access the parking lot, while westbound traffic will be able to use either Linton Street, Montrose Street or make a left-hand turn from Como Lake Avenue. Meaning you can access parking no matter what direction you are coming.

Working to minimize traffic disruption

We’ll do everything we can to minimize disruptions, like working at night or on the weekends to reduce traffic impacts at busy intersections while also being mindful of the surrounding residents.

In locations where the gas line needs to cross a major intersection, such as Clarke Road and North Road, instead of digging an open trench, we’ll bore a tunnel under the road to keep the intersection open.

Como Lake Village access map


 

A lot of planning goes into making sure we minimize the inconvenience to residents, business owners and commuters. Construction is carried out in such a way that allows businesses to stay open and keep traffic moving.

Art Kanzaki
Art Kanzaki Project Director, FortisBC

Businesses are open

Local businesses will remain open throughout construction and we’ll make sure the community knows that it’s business as usual at their favourite stores and services.

Before work begins, and throughout the project, our community relations team will be on the ground, talking to business owners to address their unique concerns. Some of the ways we’ll support local businesses include online advertising and social media promotion opportunities.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com or 604-592-7494.
Businesses along the construction route remain open

Building relationships with business owners begins before construction even starts. We reach out to businesses near the project, then stay in touch with regular updates through each phase of work.

Blake Mansbridge
Blake Mansbridge Community Relations Manager, FortisBC

How we restore an area after construction

Even before we launch a natural gas line project, planning begins for what we do once work is complete. That may seem like we’re putting the cart before the horse, but when construction wraps, it’s important to us to put things back the way they were before we started.

One of the ways we do that is by talking to local residents and businesses to give them a chance to ask questions and raise concerns, to help us understand and address their unique needs.

We completed the restoration process for the Surrey to Coquitlam gas line upgrade project late last year. Learn how we worked closely with the community throughout the project to make sure landowners were happy with the end result.

FortisBC went above and beyond. We just wanted our parking lot to be restored—they did that and then some.

Stan Kim
Pastor Stan Kim Philadelphia Church, Surrey

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