Lower Mainland System Upgrades

FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades

About this project

Gas line construction traffic delays

We’re replacing a natural gas line in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam. This work will make sure our customers continue receiving the natural gas they count on in their homes and businesses every day.

Businesses along the construction route will remain open, but we’ll need to close a number of busy roads so we can complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.

  • Start: May 2018
  • End: Fall 2019
  • Vancouver construction hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Burnaby construction hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Current and full closures

Location Dates Closure
Vancouver – East 1st Ave from Nanaimo St to Rupert St May 28 – late August 2018 Partial (reduced to one lane each direction)
Vancouver – Graveley St from Valiant St to Boundary Rd July 3 – early September 2018 Full
Vancouver – Woodland Dr from East 1st Ave to East 2nd Ave July 3 – early August 2018 Full
Vancouver – East 1st Ave from Clark Dr to Nanaimo St July 3 – end of August 2018 Full
Vancouver – East 1st Ave from Rupert St to west of Boundary Rd August 7 – early September 2018 Partial (reduced to one lane each eastbound)
Burnaby – Graveley St from Ingleton Ave to Gilmore Rd July 31 – mid September 2018 Local traffic only
Burnaby – Lougheed Hwy from Madison Ave to Delta Ave August 9 – mid October 2018 Partial (reduced to one lane each direction)


We recognize these closures will affect many people's daily lives, and we appreciate your patience during this disruption.

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Construction route

Vancouver

Streets:

  • East 1st Avenue from our facility at 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive to Boundary Road

Distance: 4km

Burnaby

Streets:

  • Boundary Road along Graveley Street to Douglas Road and down to Lougheed Highway
  • Lougheed Highway to Bainbridge Avenue and then along Broadway to Gaglardi Way and North Road

Distance: 10.5km

Coquitlam

Streets:

  • Como Lake Avenue from North Road to Spuraway Avenue, near Mariner Way

Distance: 7km

Why we're replacing gas lines

Every day we work to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. This includes regular monitoring of our gas lines, and ongoing maintenance and upgrades.

Our natural gas line running from Vancouver to Coquitlam has been in service since the 1950s. It’s still safe, but we proactively upgrade our system to avoid any potential safety issues. We’ll replace the old 20-inch line with a new 30-inch gas line.

How will this project affect your community?

While businesses along the construction route will remain open, there will be some temporary road and lane closures that will cause traffic delays.

We appreciate your patience while we complete these important safety upgrades. The route we chose allows us to complete the project as safely and quickly as possible, with the least amount of impact possible to local residents and businesses, and to the environment.

Gas line construction methods

The type of gas line construction most people are familiar with open cut construction, also known as traditional trench construction, where an open trench is dug and the gas line is laid in the trench. Open cut construction is the simplest way to install a gas line.

Much of this project involves open cut construction. However, when you’re installing a gas line under road crossings, trenchless construction is preferred. This method involves digging a tunnel underground and then pushing the gas line through. By using trenchless construction methods, we’ll keep a number of intersections open to traffic.

Read more about open cut and trenchless construction.

Working with our neighbours

We’ve been preparing for this project for several years, while keeping the community informed all along the way. Once we’ve connected with a property owner we build the relationship and stay in touch. We provide project updates and let them know about the next phase of our work.

Safety first

Safety is at the core of the work we do every day. We have rigorous plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the public, our natural gas system, the environment and our employees.

Our natural gas system has an excellent safety record thanks to regular inspections, maintenance and upgrades to our system in accordance with Canadian codes and standards. But what does that involve?

To find out, read our Q&A with Fred Young, FortisBC’s Vancouver pipeline transmission manager.

Environmental stewardship

We’ve developed a comprehensive environmental management plan for this project.

Environmental consultants have been working with us at every stage of the project to help protect vegetation, fish and wildlife and their habitat, and we’ll continue to have on-site monitoring during construction.

Victoria Drive at East 1st Avenue now open

Our crews have completed their work in the intersection of Victoria Drive and East 1st Avenue, and Victoria Drive is now open to north-south traffic between Broadway and Venables Street. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience, and will continue to provide updates as we work towards our goal of reopening East 1st Avenue by the end of August.

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Full closure of Victoria Drive from August 11 - 15

Beginning overnight tonight, our crews will be closing the intersection of Victoria Drive and East 1st Avenue. This closure of Victoria Drive will last until August 15 and helps us meet the goal of re-opening East 1st Avenue by August 31. Traffic on Victoria Drive between Broadway and Venables Street will be limited to local traffic only, although access for residents and to businesses on Victoria Drive will be maintained at all times. Pedestrians and cyclists will also still be able to cross East 1st at Victoria. Other major north-south routes will remain open to help keep traffic flowing, including Clark, Commercial, Nanaimo, Renfrew, Rupert and Boundary. Extended work hours will be required, including possible overnight work, to ensure that we can re-open the intersection by August 16. If you have questions, please call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or email gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Victoria Drive map

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Burnaby lane closures – Lougheed Highway: Delta to Madison

Partial lane closures are now in effect on Lougheed Highway between Delta Avenue and Madison Avenue. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Businesses in the area will remain open throughout the closure, though it may take longer to reach them than usual.

To keep traffic flowing, a number of north-south routes will remain open, including Madison Avenue, Willingdon Avenue, Beta Avenue and Alpha Avenue. Pedestrians will also be able to cross at these roads. Bicycle lanes on Lougheed will be closed during construction – the westbound cyclist detour will begin at Holdom Avenue, and the eastbound detour will begin at Gilmore Avenue.

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Vancouver lane closures – East 1st Avenue: Rupert to Boundary

As construction continues in Vancouver, our crews have started working on East 1st Avenue from Rupert Street to just west of Boundary Road. Eastbound traffic along this section of East 1st Avenue is reduced to one lane, and eastbound motorists are not currently able to access the westbound Highway 1 on-ramp. Drivers can detour to the East Hastings on-ramp via Boundary Road, or to the Boundary on-ramp via Grandview Highway. Drivers heading westbound on East 1st Avenue can continue to access the westbound Highway 1 on-ramp as they would normally.

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FortisBC files with BC Utilities Commission for Coquitlam work

FortisBC has been consulting with the City of Coquitlam on our gas line upgrade project for over four years, and construction is set to begin in 2019. Recognizing there is a difference of opinion with the City on two outstanding issues, we have applied to the BC Utilities Commission to seek a resolution. At this time, we are awaiting their decision, and look forward to continuing to work closely with the City.

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Full closure of Victoria Drive from August 11 - 15

As our work continues in Vancouver, the intersection of Victoria Drive and East 1st Avenue will be fully closed from August 11 − 15. This full closure will allow us to complete our work in the area more quickly, and meet our target of re-opening East 1st Avenue by August 31.

Access for residents and to businesses on Victoria Drive will be maintained at all times. Other major north-south routes will also remain open to help keep traffic flowing, including Clark, Commercial, Nanaimo, Renfrew, Rupert and Boundary. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained during this closure. Extended work hours will be required, including possible overnight work, to ensure that we can re-open the intersection by August 16.

We recognize the impact to people living in, or travelling through, the area, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience while we work safely, and as quickly as possible. If you have questions, please contact our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or by email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Victoria Drive map

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Lane closure – East 1st Avenue near Highway 1 Overpass

As we prepare for gas line construction to take place underneath the Highway 1 Overpass, eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Motorists can still access both the westbound and eastbound Highway 1 onramps, though the left-hand turn lane for the Highway 1 westbound ramp is temporarily repositioned. This work is expected to take place until early August, with additional lane closures anticipated later this summer.

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Silver Creek culvert extension work continues

In the summer of 2017, we worked to extend two culverts in the Silver Creek watershed area in Burnaby. Now we’re returning to extend a third culvert in the area, in advance of gas line construction taking place between Underhill Avenue and Production Way, which is scheduled for 2019. Our contractor will begin setting up its equipment near the site on July 23, and the trail in this area will be closed until mid-September while this work is taking place. To learn more about culvert work and why it’s necessary to protect the environment, read more here.

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Upcoming Burnaby information session

We’re hosting an information session on Tuesday, July 17 at Willingdon Community Centre to give local residents an opportunity to talk to us about the ongoing gas line upgrades in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam. Learn more and register.

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Full closure on East 1st Avenue in Vancouver

East 1st Avenue in Vancouver is now fully closed between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street for gas line construction, but businesses in the area will remain open. The full closure will remain in effect until August 31. There are additional ongoing lane closures on East 1st Avenue between Nanaimo Street and Boundary Road. Major arterial routes such as Clark Drive, Commercial Drive, Victoria Drive, Nanaimo Street, Renfrew Street and Rupert Street will remain open.

For more information about this project, contact us at 604-592-7494 or gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Commercial Drive

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Additional East Vancouver road closures

Today marks the beginning of the following East Vancouver road closures:

  • Woodland Drive, from East 1st Avenue to East 2nd Avenue, until early August
  • Graveley Street, west of Boundary Road, until early September

The newly constructed Valiant Street, which connects East 1st Avenue and Graveley Street, will provide access to businesses on Graveley and Kootenay Streets.

Valiant Street

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Vancouver utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

As we prepare for the upcoming full closure of East 1st Avenue between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street, we will be working at various locations in Vancouver this week. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From June 25 to 29, crews will be working on East 1st Avenue between Woodland Drive and Commercial Drive, and between Templeton Drive and Nanaimo Street. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From June 18 to 23, crews will be working on Bainbridge Avenue from Lougheed Highway to Broadway, and on Springer Avenue from Halifax Street to Lougheed Highway. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From June 11-17, crews will be working on Lougheed Highway between Springer Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From June 4-10, crews will be working on Lougheed Highway between Madison Avenue and Holdom Avenue. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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Lane closures begin on East 1st Avenue

This past weekend marked the official start of construction in Vancouver, resulting in lane closures on East 1st Avenue. Traffic is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Nanaimo Street and Rupert Street. We understand that if you travel through this area that project construction will be an inconvenience, and that’s why our goal is to work as safely and quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 28-June 3, crews will be working on Lougheed Highway between Madison Avenue and Willingdon Avenue. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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After years of planning, construction officially starts!

Construction officially started today on FortisBC’s natural gas line upgrade, with work taking place on small sections of Gilmore Avenue and Douglas Road in Burnaby. Work will also officially begin in Vancouver on Monday, May 28, though one lane will be closed in each direction as of the evening of Saturday, May 26, as we begin to set up traffic detours and barricades.

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Construction set to begin in Burnaby, Vancouver

Construction on FortisBC’s natural gas line upgrade will begin on Thursday, May 24 on small sections of Gilmore Avenue and Douglas Road in Burnaby and along East 1st Avenue in Vancouver on Monday, May 28. This will result in significant lane closures. Some side streets along East 1st will also be closed to control traffic, but main arterials going north and south such as Commercial Drive and Nanaimo Street will remain open.

This project is necessary to upgrade 20 kilometres of natural gas line in Burnaby, Coquitlam and Vancouver. We understand that for those living, working or travelling through these areas the construction will be an inconvenience and we appreciate your patience. For lane closure details go to our project page.

Our goal is to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible, and the most efficient way for us to do this requires us to close a number of busy roads. There will be traffic delays so it is important to know your route before you commute. Your favourite stores will remain open.

The best way to stay informed is by tuning into regional traffic media for updates on road closures. We also encourage residents, businesses and commuters to check out our interactive project map at talkingenergy.ca or follow us on Twitter (@FortisBC) for construction updates.

If you have any specific questions, we’d love to talk to you. Call our project line at 604-592-7494 or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com. We will be hosting a coffee chat at the Drive Coffee Bar on Thursday, May 24 if you’d like to talk to us about the project in person.

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Vancouver utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

Our work at various locations continues in Vancouver ahead of the lane and road closures taking place next week. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 22-May 27, crews will be working along East 1st Avenue, between Boundary Road and Templeton Drive.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 22-May 27, crews will be working at various locations on Gilmore Avenue between Douglas Road and Halifax Street, and on Graveley Street between Ingleton Avenue and Boundary Road. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Vancouver utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

Our work at various locations continues in Vancouver ahead of the start of our construction May 22. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 14-May 19, crews will be working along East 1st Avenue, between Woodland Drive and Victoria Drive, as well as Nanaimo Street to Rupert Street. Crews will also be working on East 1st Avenue from west of Boundary Road to the Highway 1 overpass.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with no work on the long weekend. It will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction May 22. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 14-May 19, crews will be working on Douglas Road between Halifax Street and Madison Avenue/Lougheed Highway, as well as on Graveley Street from Ingleton Avenue to Boundary Road.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with no work on the long weekend. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Vancouver coffee chat on Commercial Drive

FortisBC’s hosted its first community outreach coffee chat at the Drive Coffee Bar. Our community relations team had a good shared information with local residents, business owners and the media about the upcoming gas line upgrades in Vancouver and Burnaby. We’ll continue to host coffee chats throughout the project so that we can talk to you in person about your questions or concerns.

Please email us anytime at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com or call us at 604-592-7494. Check out our community page for details about our next coffee chat.

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Vancouver utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

Our work at various locations continues in Vancouver ahead of the lane and road closures taking place later this month. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 5-May 13, crews will be working along East 1st Avenue, between Woodland Drive and Cotton Drive, while Woodland Drive will be closed between East 1st and East 2nd avenues. Crews will also be working at the intersections of East 1st Avenue and Nanaimo Street, as well as East 1st Avenue and Rupert Street, the weekend of May 12-13

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

We will be working at various locations in Burnaby this week as we prepare for the start of construction later this month. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From May 5-May 13, crews will be working at various locations on Douglas Road between Gilmore Avenue and Halifax Street, and on Graveley Street between Macdonald Ave. and Boundary Road. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

It will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Construction to start May 22 in Vancouver and Burnaby

After years of planning, construction is set to officially begin on the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project. Construction will get underway on May 22 in Vancouver on East 1st Avenue between Nanaimo St. and Boundary Rd., and Burnaby on Gilmore Avenue between Graveley St. and Douglas Rd. near Carleton Ave. It’s important to know that your favourite local stores and businesses along the route will be kept open throughout construction, even though they may be difficult to access.

For more details, visit the Traffic Impacts section of our project page, which features a map of our road closures in Vancouver and Burnaby. We’ll keep updating the map as our work continues through Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam.

If you’re on the go, tune into local traffic radio, or if social is more your style follow us for timely updates on Twitter.

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Vancouver utility locate work: limited lane closures continue

Our work at various locations continues in Vancouver in advance of the lane and road closures taking place later this spring. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. Upcoming work will include crews working at different locations along East 1st Avenue, between Boundary Road and Nanaimo Street, and Woodland Drive, between East 1st and East 2nd, from April 30-May 13. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Burnaby utility locate work: limited lane closures

Beginning this week, we will be working at various locations in Burnaby in advance of the lane and road closures taking place later this spring. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. Upcoming work will include crews working at various locations on Douglas Road between Gilmore Avenue and Halifax Street, and on Graveley Street from April 30-May 13. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Vancouver information session

FortisBC hosted an information session on Tuesday, April 24 at Britannia Secondary School to give local residents an opportunity to talk to us about the upcoming gas line upgrades in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam. We mailed more than 5,500 invitations to nearby residents in early April and promoted the event through local media and social media. There will be more information sessions as our work moves into Burnaby and Coquitlam.

For more traffic information, please visit our map of road closures in Vancouver and Burnaby. We also encourage residents, businesses and commuters to subscribe to our newsletter for weekly construction updates. Email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com or call us at 604-592-7494 if you have any questions about our project. Check out our community page for details on our upcoming public events.

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Vancouver utility locate work: limited lane closures

Beginning on April 19, we will be working at various locations in Vancouver in advance of the lane and road closures taking place later this spring. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. Upcoming work will include crews working at different locations along East 1st Avenue, between Boundary Road and Kaslo Street, from April 19–28. Crews will work at each location for a few days at a time.

This work will take place primarily during the weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. This work will result in periodic lane closures, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters. Residents with questions about this work can call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Construction begins this spring

FortisBC is beginning construction of its newest gas line upgrade project this spring, and residents, commuters and businesses in Vancouver and Burnaby should prepare for more traffic congestion than usual. An overview of the project was delivered at Vancouver City Hall today to inform the public and the media. East 1st Avenue in Vancouver will be fully closed from mid-June until the end of August, and will see partial lane closures from spring until the end of the year. FortisBC will be posting regular construction updates on TalkingEnergy.ca and sharing updates with local traffic media to help reduce the impact of the construction. For more information on today’s announcement visit FortisBC’s media centre.

FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades

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Woodland Station demolition

In preparation for the natural gas line upgrade project, our contractor will begin demolishing the existing Woodland Station during the week of January 15th. Work will take place on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m, with occasional Saturday work also required, and is expected to be complete by early March. Whenever possible, our contractor will look to finish activity by 5 p.m. to limit noise disruption. During this period, there will be local traffic closures on Woodland Drive and East 2nd Avenue, and limited street parking will be available. Motorists are asked to follow the directions of crews working in the area. Once demolition is complete, we will provide further notification regarding the upcoming construction schedule for Woodland Station. We appreciate the public’s patience as we work to complete this project as quickly and safely as possible.

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Adanac Overpass closure

The City of Vancouver recently notified residents of the temporary Adanac Overpass closure, which is related to our Vancouver to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade project. Information about the Adanac Overpass closure and related lane and street closures, including sections of East First Avenue, is included in the below letter.

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Burnaby construction work: preparation for project

We are currently working at various locations in Burnaby in advance of the project beginning in 2018. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as waterlines, in preparation for required natural gas line upgrades. This work is beginning on December 21 and will be taking place at different locations along Broadway and Lougheed Highway, and will continue intermittently in January.

Work is scheduled to take place during daytime hours from Monday to Friday, although weekend work may be required in January, and there may be traffic impacts associated with this work. We apologize for the inconvenience that this causes the nearby community, and we appreciate their patience. Residents with concerns about this work can call our project phone line at 604.592.7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive: construction update

In preparation for natural gas line replacement, crews will be working near Woodland Station between December 11 - 20. There will be loud noise associated with this work, including a number of construction trucks in the area. Crews will be working during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to minimize noise impacts and during this time, Woodland Drive will be single lane alternating traffic between East 2nd and East 3rd Avenues. Limited street parking will be available during these dates. We appreciate the public’s patience and will work to complete this project as quickly and safely as possible.

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Vancouver construction work: preparation for project

We are currently working at various locations in Vancouver in advance of the project beginning in 2018. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as waterlines, in preparation for required natural gas line upgrades. This work is scheduled to take place from November 28 to December 1, primarily at different locations along East First Avenue.

A portion of this work will take place overnight with crews working between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and during this time surrounding residents will likely experience noise impacts associated with the work. We apologize for the inconvenience that this causes the nearby community, and we appreciate their patience. Residents with concerns about this work can call our project phone line at 604.592.7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Coquitlam construction update: night work to prepare for project

We are currently conducting night work in the Como Lake area of Coquitlam for this gas line upgrade project. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as waterlines, in preparation for required natural gas line upgrades. This work is being completed at night to minimize traffic impacts to the community, and to ensure its completion as quickly and safely as possible. Crews will be working between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and during this time surrounding residents will likely experience noise impacts associated with the work. We apologize for the inconvenience that this causes the nearby community, and we appreciate their patience. Residents with concerns about this work can call our project phone line at 604.592.7494 or send an email to gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session to discuss the upcoming vegetation clearing works taking place in Burnaby. Learn more about the work taking place.

East 1st Avenue construction update

Trenchless (underground) construction will continue until September 15 on East 1st Avenue in Vancouver between the Highway 1 off-ramp and Boundary Road. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one lane closed in either direction. The westbound centre lane may also be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a limited number of weekends.

  • Periodic lane closures will be required.
  • Trenchless construction will be used to minimize traffic disruptions.
  • All sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops in the area will remain open.

East 1st Avenue Vancouver construction update

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Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session to discuss the upcoming vegetation clearing works taking place in Burnaby. Learn more about the work taking place.

Burnaby vegetation clearing info sessions

Vegetation clearing will soon start in Burnaby as part of preparation for our Vancouver to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrades in 2018. Most of the work will be concentrated along the Broadway corridor between Production Way and Underhill Avenue, and will take place from mid-September to early November 2017.

Learn more by attending one of our two public information sessions.

Burnaby map illustration

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East 1st Avenue construction update

Between July 4 and August 31, 2017, trenchless (underground) construction will occur on East 1st Avenue in Vancouver between the Highway 1 off-ramp and Boundary Road. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 4 to August 31, with one lane closed in either direction. The westbound centre lane may also be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a limited number of weekends.

  • Period lane closures will be required.
  • Trenchless construction will be used to minimize traffic disruptions.
  • All sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops in the area will remain open.

East 1st Ave map

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Poirier and Robinson Streets construction update

We’re upgrading our natural gas line from Vancouver to Coquitlam because we’re committed to delivering natural gas safely and reliably to our customers. Our upgrade project includes replacing 20 kilometres of existing 20-inch gas line with 20 kilometres of 30-inch gas line.

Lateral work

We’ll be installing two laterals in Coquitlam in the coming weeks to prepare for construction in 2018. Laterals connect the mainline to regulator stations and lower the pressure of the natural gas before it reaches our customers. The following closures, parking restrictions and possible water service disruption will be in effect while lateral work on Poirier and Robinson Streets is underway.

Poirier and Robinson Street map

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Clearing complete on right-of-way between Underhill Avenue and Production Way

We’ve completed a temporary restoration of the area around the trail. We’re committed to restoring and improving the trail and replacing invasive species with native plants. A more extensive trail restoration will be done following the installation of the new natural gas line in 2018.

The section of Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail that runs between Underhill Avenue and Production Way trail is now open—and will remain open until the summer, when further closures will be required for additional vegetation clearing activities.

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Vegetation clearing on right-of-way between Underhill Avenue and Production Way

In preparation of gas line construction, we cleared vegetation along an existing right of way on Broadway, from Underhill Avenue to Production Way, in Burnaby. The clearing work is required to extend culverts on three streams along the route and to provide safe access for workers and equipment when construction begins.

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Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session to discuss the project and answer questions about early construction activities.

Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session to discuss the project and answer questions about early construction activities.

Detailed engineering studies start

Upon approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission, we created detailed studies of the precise gas line route. These studies take into account other buried utilities, like water mains. They also consider community impacts, the materials we’ll use, and construction specifications. We began procuring materials, in addition to a number of construction planning activities that are underway.

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British Columbia Utilities Commission approval

Based on feedback from the public and municipalities, the proposed route is revised in April 2015, with 25 per cent of alignment re-routed based on public feedback. Six months later and with the determination made that the project is in the public interest, the British Columbia Utilities Commission grants a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project.

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Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session in Burnaby to discuss the project and answer questions.

Completion of early engineering studies

Early engineering studies involve preliminary designs to support an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission. This includes studies of the general area to select a preferred route, initial designs of the pipeline and valve stations, and cost estimates to support the application.

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Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an information session in Burnaby to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Vancouver to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Burnaby to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Burnaby to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Coquitlam to discuss the project and answer questions.

Over the past few years, we’ve held a number of project information sessions and shared information with municipalities, property owners, businesses, Indigenous communities and residents.

We’ll keep you informed about the gas line replacement project, and how it will affect your community. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to ask questions throughout construction.

Businesses are open

Your favourite local businesses along the route will be kept open throughout construction, though you may need to access them differently. We encourage you to continue supporting these businesses. We’ll make every effort to reduce inconvenience for businesses, consumers and local residents.

Featured business: Mintage Vintage

You may not have a time machine to take you back to another decade, but you can dress as though you do.

Mintage Vintage on Commercial Drive sells carefully selected vintage and new, retro-inspired clothing and accessories to help you dress according to your favourite bygone era.

Browse through 3,000 square feet of one-of-a-kind pieces on your own, or get help pulling an outfit together.

Staff have organized everything according to colour and clothing type, says owner Skylar Stock. “Staff know what’s in the store and can provide personal assistance to help you find a specialty item,” he says.

This family-owned business has been open on “The Drive” since 2005. “We have long-time customers who started shopping here as kids and now bring their children here,” says Skylar.

They’ve recently opened their second store, called Mintage Mall, on the corner of Broadway and Kingsway.

Visit Mintage Vintage at 1714 Commercial Drive, or Mintage Mall at 245 East Broadway, Vancouver. Shop online at mintagevintage.com.

Mintage Vintage
Mintage Vintage
Mintage Vintage

How this gas line safety upgrade is creating jobs and economic opportunities for BC

We’ve committed more than $33.3 million to date in project procurement

FortisBC Upgrades spending

We want to maximize the benefits of our projects in the community. $33.3 million has been spent on procurement on the project to the end of 2017, and that includes working with local vendors and suppliers in communities, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond.

We have had involvement with vendors and suppliers from 11 local communities working on the project so far, including:

  • surveyors
  • engineers
  • environmental and archaeological consultants

Coffee chats in the community

Do you have questions about our gas line construction? Join us at a coffee chat to learn more. Our team will be available to answer your questions and provide information about the project.

  • Location: Cuppa Joe Coffee, 105-1899 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby
  • Date: August 16, 2018
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We recognize that this important work will be disruptive, and we appreciate your patience while we complete these upgrades.

Missed an event? Check back on this page for more upcoming events in your community.

Investing in our local communities

We believe in supporting local organizations that help build safe and caring communities.

As part of this gas line safety upgrade, we’ve been working to raise awareness of the projects and strengthen partnerships that exist within the communities. Some examples include:

  • Board of Trade and Chamber of Commerce partnerships
  • sponsoring recreational events such as Coquitlam Neighbourhood nights, Giro de Burnaby and Italian Days
  • grassroots community engagement activities such as neighbourhood open houses and pop-up booths

Jobs and procurement opportunities

One of our priorities is creating local jobs, opportunities for Indigenous communities and other local economic benefits.

If you’re interested in providing goods or services for any of our current projects, or for future opportunities, please complete the Contractors and Vendors form.

What’s the latest construction progress update?

We completed pre-construction preparation work in 2017, and construction began on May 24, 2018. For the latest information, please visit the updates page.

When will the project end?

Work will continue through 2018 and 2019.

Will there be road closures?

There will be lane and road closures. We understand this will cause significant delays, and we appreciate your patience as we complete these important safety upgrades. Closures will be communicated well in advance so you can plan alternate routes.

Will gas service be affected during construction?

There may be temporary service disruptions for customers living along the construction route. We’re making every effort to minimize the impact to our gas customers and will give advance warning about service disruptions whenever possible.

Who do we contact if we have questions or concerns about this project?

Please call us at 604-592-7494 or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Why is this project necessary?

The existing gas line between our station in Vancouver at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive, and our station in Coquitlam at Como Lake Road and Mariner Way, is nearing the end of its useful life. Replacing this gas line will ensure we can continue delivering natural gas safely and reliably to more than 210,000 customers.

What kind of work is involved in building a natural gas line?

We’re using two construction methods to install the new gas lines:

  • Open cut construction involves digging an open trench and laying the line before refilling the trench and repaving it. This method sometimes requires road or lane closures.
  • In trenchless construction, most of the activity is below ground, meaning less need for road closures. There are a number of different approaches to trenchless construction.

For more information, visit our construction methods page.

Will this project offer any economic benefits for local communities?

This project is creating jobs and opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses. More than $33.3 million has already been spent with local vendors and suppliers.

How are you supporting the communities affected by this project?

For the past few years, we’ve been working to minimize the effects of this project as much as possible.

We’ve listened to local residents, business associations, Indigenous groups and the municipalities of Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam to understand their concerns about the gas line route during the regulatory review period.

In some cases we made changes to our plans, such as moving the proposed route from a residential neighbourhood north of Brentwood Town Centre to Lougheed Highway, at the request of residents and the City of Burnaby.

Ultimately, the chosen construction route allows us to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible, with the least amount of disruption to the environment, and local residents and businesses. 

We’ll continue to work closely with those directly affected by the project, and encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact us.

Will this project provide construction jobs?

Yes—one of our priorities is to create job and business opportunities for local residents and Indigenous communities.

If you’re interested in providing goods or services for any of our current projects, or for future opportunities, please complete the Contractors and Vendors form.

Why was this route chosen?

We considered a number of route options and factors during our planning process. Our top priority on all of our projects is ensuring the safety of our employees and the public. We also look to minimize the impact to the community wherever possible, as well as protect the environment in those areas where we work.

What north-south routes will still be open along East 1st Avenue?

Major north-south arterial routes such as Clark Drive, Commercial Drive, Victoria Drive, Nanaimo Street, Renfrew Street and Rupert Street will remain open during the gas line upgrades.

North south map with Victoria Drive

Where will cyclists and pedestrians be able to cross East 1st Avenue?

Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross major north-south routes on East 1st Avenue such as Nanaimo Street, Clark Drive, Commercial Drive, Victoria Drive, Renfrew Street and Rupert Street throughout construction. Smaller side streets such as McLean, Lakewood, Templeton and Cotton will also be open to bike and foot traffic, except when our work crosses that road. Flaggers and detour signage will be in place to assist with getting pedestrians and cyclists on their way.

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