Lower Mainland System Upgrades

FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades

About this project

We’re upgrading our natural gas line in Burnaby and Coquitlam in 2019, to ensure more than 210,000 homes and businesses across the Lower Mainland continue to receive the natural gas they count on every day. This work is part of an upgrade project to replace a gas line that runs through Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam.

Businesses along the construction route will remain open, but we’ll need to close lanes on some busy roads including Broadway and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby and Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam. This will allow us to complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible.

FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades traffic light board

 

Current closures

Location Dates Closure
Broadway, Gaglardi Way to North Rd April 15-early September Partial
Como Lake Ave, Robinson St to Townley St April 16-late September Partial
Como Lake Ave, Schoolhouse St to Poirier St May 6-late September Partial
Broadway, Arden Ave to Underhill Ave May 9-late September Closed, local access only
Gaglardi Way, at Broadway intersections May 29-early September Partial
Como Lake Ave, Baker Dr to Mariner Way July 2-late August Partial
Como Lake Ave, Seymour Dr to Baker Dr July 18-late September Partial
Como Lake Ave, Clarke Rd to Robinson St July 10-early October Partial
Como Lake Ave, Linton Ave to Thermal Dr July 29-late September Partial
Como Lake Ave-Mariner Way intersection August 1-mid September Partial
Lougheed Hwy-Springer Ave intersection August 6-mid September Partial
Como Lake Ave, Townley St to Blue Mountain St August 6-late September Partial
Bainbridge Ave, Queensbridge Dr to Broadway August 7-late September Closed
Como Lake Ave, North Rd to Clarke Road August 16-early September Partial, eastbound detour
Broadway, Bainbridge Ave to Duthie Ave August 26-late September Closed


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

Full road closure

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How we’ll keep you informed:

Where we will be working in 2019

Gas line upgrade construction will occur in the following areas this year.

We will continue to update our interactive map and traffic table (above) with the latest construction schedule as work progresses. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates and traffic alerts delivered straight to your inbox.

Burnaby Cross streets Status Scheduled to start (subject to change)
Springer Avenue Lougheed Highway to Halifax Street Lane closures March
Madison Avenue Lougheed Highway to Halifax Street Lane closures March
Lougheed Highway Sperling Avenue to Bainbridge Avenue Lane closures March
Bainbridge Avenue Lougheed Highway to Broadway Local and emergency access only July
Broadway Bainbridge Avenue to Phillips Place Local and emergency access only May
Broadway Phillips Place to Underhill Avenue Local and emergency access only March
Broadway Production Way to Gaglardi Way Lane closures April
Gaglardi Way At Broadway intersections Lane closures May
Broadway Gaglardi Way to North Road Lane closures March
Coquitlam Cross streets Status Scheduled to start (subject to change)
Como Lake Avenue North Road to Robinson Street Lane closures March
Como Lake Avenue Robinson Street to Blue Mountain Street Lane closures, with westbound traffic restricted to local, emergency and bus access only April
Como Lake Avenue Blue Mountain Street to Porter Street Lane closures, with westbound traffic restricted to local, emergency and bus access only March
Como Lake Avenue Porter Street to Linton Street Lane closures, with westbound traffic restricted to local, emergency and bus access only April
Como Lake Avenue Linton Street to Thermal Drive Lane closures June
Como Lake Avenue Thermal Drive to Seymour Drive Lane closures July
Como Lake Avenue Seymour Drive to Baker Drive Lane closures June
Como Lake Avenue Baker Drive to Mariner Way Lane closures, with a detour on Spuraway Avenue east of Mariner Way July

Construction route

Vancouver

Vancouver FortisBC Upgrades route flyover video

Streets:

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

Distance: 4km

Construction hours:

    • Monday-Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Burnaby

    Burnaby FortisBC Upgrades route flyover video

    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

    Construction hours:

      • Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

      Coquitlam

      Coquitlam FortisBC Upgrades route flyover video

      Streets:

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

      Distance: 5.5km

      Construction hours:

      • Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a permit).
      • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (permit required).

      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.

      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.

      Learn more about how we work with our neighbours.

      Gas line construction methods

      We’re using two main construction methods for the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project:

      • open cut, or traditional trench construction
      •  trenchless, underground construction.

      Open cut construction is the simplest way to install a gas line. An open trench is dug and the gas line is laid in the trench.

      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. Read more about open cut and trenchless construction.

      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.

      Coquitlam sections open

      Como Lake Avenue opened from Poirier Street to Linton Street, and Thermal Drive to Seymour Drive this week. This includes the Linton Street, Thermal Drive and Seymour Drive intersections.

      Robinson Street intersection closure

      The north-side of the Robinson Street-Como Lake Avenue intersection will close this Monday, August 26.

      This will mean traffic can no longer access Robinson Street north from Como Lake Avenue. Access to the south side of the intersection will be restricted to right-hand turns only.

      This closure will give crews the space they need to connect our new gas line to our existing system safely, and as quickly as possible, with work expected to finish late September.

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      Broadway detour at Duthie Ave

      Construction on Bainbridge Avenue in Burnaby will extend to the intersection of Broadway and Duthie Avenue this Monday, August 26.

      Broadway will be closed between Duthie and Bainbridge avenues. The Broadway-Duthie Avenue intersection will be open for traffic to the north and east; however, the Bainbridge Avenue intersection will be closed.

      Traffic can detour via Cliff Avenue and Gibson Street, with access maintained for homes in the area only. Local businesses are open, and accessible via the Lougheed Highway intersection. Work is expected to be completed in late September.

      Broadway and Duthie detour map

      Weekend work in Burnaby

      Restoration work is about to start at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Holdom Avenue. This work will take place overnight and is anticipated to occur this weekend, August 23-24. There will be lane closures on Lougheed Highway, with at least one eastbound and one westbound lane open.

      Construction will also take place this Sunday, August 25, around the intersection of Bainbridge Avenue and Broadway.

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      Linton Street and Thermal Drive open

      The intersections of Como Lake Avenue with Linton Street and Thermal Drive are open, as work in the area progresses.

      Construction is now taking place between the two intersections, with access to Custer Court and Montrose Street restricted to right-hand turn access only.

      Local businesses are open, with westbound traffic able to use the Linton Street intersection to access the parking lot. Eastbound traffic can access Como Lake Village from the existing entrances, with work taking place on the inside lanes.

      Work in this section is expected to finish late September.

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      Coquitlam Sunday work

      We expect Sunday work to start at the Clarke Road and Mariner Way intersections on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam this weekend. Sunday work is expected to continue throughout August.

      This will help complete construction in the two areas safely and as quickly as possible. Permitted working hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

      We want to thank the community for its patience during this work.

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      Eastbound traffic detour on Como Lake Avenue

      A new detour for traffic travelling east on Como Lake Avenue between North Road and Clarke Road starts tomorrow, August 16. Our work is progressing in Coquitlam, and this detour will give our crews the space they need to complete construction in the area safely and as quickly as possible.

      Eastbound motorists will be detoured south on North Road, east on Smith Avenue and north on Clarke Road. One westbound lane will be kept open for traffic throughout construction.

      Access will be maintained for local residents. Streets and properties on the south side of Como Lake Avenue will be accessible by left-hand turns, while those on the north side will be accessible by right-hand turns. Motorists will not be able to exit on to Como Lake Avenue via Farrow or Tyndall streets.

      Businesses in the area are open.

      This detour is expected to finish in early September. Work will continue in the area, with one eastbound and one westbound lane open for traffic.

      Detour map, Como Lake Avenue between North Road and Clarke Road

      Springer Avenue work extends north

      Construction on Springer Avenue between Lougheed Highway and Broadway in Burnaby is expected to extend north to Halifax Street this Friday, August 16.

      The northbound lane of Springer Avenue will be closed between Braelawn Drive and Halifax Street during construction, with the southbound lane kept open. Residents can use Parker Street to access Springer Avenue.

      Existing closures on Lougheed Highway and Springer Avenue will also remain in place.

      Our crews are currently completing work testing our new gas line and connecting it to our existing system. This work is expected to finish mid-September.

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      Detour shift, as section of Como Lake Avenue reopens

      Como Lake Avenue is expected to open for traffic between Porter and Schoolhouse streets in Coquitlam today, with work in the section complete.

      This will mean the Como Lake Avenue detour will shift from Porter Street to Schoolhouse Street. This means that westbound traffic can detour via Poirier Street-Foster Avenue-Schoolhouse Street. The detour is in effect Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local businesses at the Poirier Street intersection are open.

      We would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding during construction on our gas line upgrades in the area.

      Porter and Schoolhouse streets in Coquitlam map

      Preparing to start between Townley and Blue Mountain streets

      Gas line construction will start between Townley and Blue Mountain streets soon, with lane closures now underway. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open on Como Lake Avenue during construction and north-south traffic on Blue Mountain Street is unaffected.

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      Our work done on section of Broadway

      FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project work is now complete on Broadway between Production Way and Gaglardi Way in Burnaby. Worksite fencing and traffic management plans will remain in place to support non-FortisBC work on a separate, unrelated project in the area.

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      Work at Springer Avenue and Lougheed Highway

      We’ll start construction at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Springer Avenue in Burnaby on Tuesday, August 6. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open on Lougheed Highway; however, Springer Avenue will be closed to north-south traffic between Lougheed Highway and Broadway.

      This work is to connect our new gas line to our existing system and is expected to be completed by mid-September.

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      Bainbridge Avenue construction moves north

      The Lougheed Highway and Bainbridge Avenue intersection is expected to open on Wednesday, August 7, as work in the area moves north. Bainbridge Avenue will now be closed between Queensbridge Drive and Broadway. Traffic on Broadway will be unaffected.

      Businesses in the area are open, with Bainbridge Avenue accessible via the Lougheed Highway intersection. This work is expected to be completed by late August.

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      Work at Mariner Way intersection

      We expect to start construction tunneling under the Mariner Way-Como Lake Avenue intersection this Thursday, August 1.

      We are tunnelling under the intersection, meaning it will be kept open for north-south traffic. At least one eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open on Como Lake and Spuraway avenues during construction.

      This work is expected to finish mid-September.

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      Bainbridge Avenue work

      Our construction on Bainbridge Avenue in Burnaby is moving to the next phase, with our worksite expected to move north this Thursday, August 1. This means Bainbridge Avenue will be closed between Broadway and Queensbridge Drive. Traffic travelling east-west on Broadway will not be affected.

      Businesses in the area are open and accessible, with Bainbridge Avenue accessible via the Lougheed Highway intersection.

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      Baker intersection opens, as Seymour closes

      The Baker Drive and Como Lake Avenue intersection reopened for traffic today, as work in the area nears completion. Work will progress to the intersection of Seymour Drive and Como Lake Avenue next, with access restricted to right-hand turns only as early as Tuesday, July 30.

      We expect the section from Baker Drive to Mariner Way to be completed and open for traffic in early August, weather dependent.

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      Works starts near Como Lake Village

      We expect to start work outside Como Lake Village next Monday, July 29. There will be lane closures between Linton and Montrose streets, to give crews the room they need to work safely and as quickly as possible. Work will start at the Linton Street intersection and move east along Como Lake Avenue.

      Local businesses are open, and either Linton or Montrose streets will be kept open throughout construction to ensure easy access to the Como Lake Village parking lot.

      Como Lake Village map

      Mariner Way, Spuraway Avenue work

      There will be lane closures at the Como Lake Avenue-Mariner Way intersection starting on Thursday, July 25.

      One northbound lane will be closed on Mariner Way north of the intersection, while lanes east of the intersection on Spuraway Avenue will temporarily move south. At least one lane will be kept open in all directions during this work, which is building a bypass for buses to use during gas line construction in the area.

      These closures will take place Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m, and are expected to last about a week.

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      Coquitlam community event

      We’ll be at Como Lake Village next Thursday, July 25, from 3-5 p.m. to provide project updates and thank the community for its patience during our gas line upgrades. Join us for snacks, beverages, free face painting, prizes and more.

      Our goal is to complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible, and we are scheduled to finish in Coquitlam in 2019.

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      Broadway and Gaglardi Way work in Burnaby

      Broadway, between Arden and Underhill avenues, was closed on Saturday, July 20, to support work testing the new gas line installed in the area. This closure is expected to last about a month.

      Our gas line upgrades at the Gaglardi Way-Broadway intersections continues to progress, with all southbound lanes now open. Work is expected to continue in the northbound lanes until late September, with at least one lane kept open for traffic.

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      Temporary closure on Como Lake Avenue

      Westbound lanes will be temporarily closed on Como Lake Avenue between Poirier and Porter streets this Saturday, July 20. Access will be maintained between Poirier and Lillian streets for those living in the area; however, other traffic and buses going west will detour via Poirier Street/Foster Avenue. At 3 p.m. the detour’s start will move west from Poirier Street to Gatensbury Street.

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      Lougheed-Bainbridge intersection

      Our work at the corner of Lougheed Highway and Bainbridge Avenue is progressing, with all east-west lanes on Lougheed Highway re-open.

      Construction is now underway on Bainbridge Avenue between Lougheed Highway and Queensbridge Drive, with this section of street closed. The Bainbridge Avenue-Lougheed Highway intersection is closed for north-south traffic.

      Businesses in the area are open, and can be accessed from either Lougheed Highway (those on the western side) or Bainbridge Avenue via Broadway (those on the eastern side).
       

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      Thermal Drive to Seymour Drive

      Work will start on Como Lake Avenue between Thermal Drive and Baker Drive on Thursday, July 18.

      One eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open on Como Lake Avenue. Access to Thermal Drive from Como Lake Avenue will be restricted to right-hand turns only, with Seymour Drive open for traffic.

      This section is expected to be completed in late September.

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      Baker Drive intersection

      Work started at the intersection of Como Lake Avenue and Baker Drive in Coquitlam today. Motorist access to and from Baker Drive will be restricted to right-hand turns only during this construction.

      One eastbound and westbound lane will be kept open on Como Lake Avenue. Pedestrians can use the nearby Mariner Way and Dr. Charles Best Secondary School crossings.

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      Robinson and Como Lake intersection closing

      Our crews are continuing to work at various sections along Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam. Beginning on July 10, the existing lane closures between Robinson and Townley streets will be extended west of the Robinson street intersection.

      This means that the Robinson Street and Como Lake Avenue intersection will be open for right-hand turns in, and right-hand turns out. Left-hand turns will not be permitted. One eastbound and westbound lane will be kept open on Como Lake Avenue.

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      Broadway reopening and new Lougheed Highway closure

      As of this weekend construction will be finished on Broadway between Bainbridge and Duthie avenues, and that section of road will be fully reopened to traffic, weather dependent. Local traffic restrictions remain in effect further east along Broadway, between Arden and Duthie avenues.

      Our progress in the area allows us to start work at a new location, at the corner of Lougheed Highway and Bainbridge. Lane closures will be necessary to give our crews the space they need to complete work safely and as quickly as possible. One eastbound and westbound lane will be kept open on Lougheed Highway.

      Bainbridge will only be accessible via right-hand turns from Lougheed, and the Bainbridge-Lougheed intersection will also be closed to north-south traffic.

      Local businesses will remain open and accessible while this work is taking place.

      Lougheed Highway, Burnaby closure map

      Challenging conditions require new tool at Clarke Road

      We need to use a new specialized piece of equipment called an air hammer to complete work tunnelling our gas line under Clarke Road in Coquitlam, due to the challenging soil conditions and underground rocks in the area.

      We are working with our contractor to mitigate disruptions from this work, including using sound barricades that will reduce the noise from this equipment. Work may start as early as July 8 and finish in mid-July. It will take place seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

      We apologize for the disturbance this causes. Our goal is to finish this work safely and as quickly as possible.

      We will be at the Starbucks on the second level of the Burquitlam Plaza Safeway on Monday, July 8 from 4-6 p.m. to update the community and answer any questions people may have.

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      Coquitlam detour in effect

      Access to Schoolhouse Street from Como Lake Avenue is now restricted to right-hand turns only as our construction takes place at the intersection. As of today, the detour has shifted from Schoolhouse Street to Poirier Street.

      This detour will be in place from Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Local businesses at the Poirier Street intersection will remain open during this work.

       Schoolhouse Street, Como Lake Coquitlam map

      Mariner Way to Baker Drive now closed

      Construction started today on Como Lake Avenue between Mariner Way and Baker Drive. Work will take place in the middle two lanes, with one eastbound and one westbound lane kept open for motorists. Traffic travelling north-south on Mariner Way and east on Spuraway Avenue will not be affected.

      This section is expected to finish in late August.

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      Gaglardi Way work

      Our work continues to progress on Gaglardi Way between the Broadway intersections in Burnaby, with the worksite moving to the western side of the street. There are now two southbound lanes and one northbound lane open on Gaglardi Way.

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      Coquitlam detour shifts east

      Access to Schoolhouse Street from Como Lake Avenue will be restricted to right-hand turns only from Wednesday, July 3, as our construction takes place at the intersection.

      This will mean the local westbound detour will move from Schoolhouse Street to Poirier Street. This detour is only Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

      Local businesses at the Poirier Street intersection will remain open during this work.

      Detour map: Schoolhouse Street, Como Lake Avenue, Coquitlam

      Mariner Way to Baker Drive

      Construction will start on Como Lake Avenue between Mariner Way and Baker Drive next Tuesday, July 2.

      Work will take place in the middle two lanes, with one eastbound and one westbound lane kept open for motorists. Traffic travelling north-south on Mariner Way and east on Spuraway Avenue will not be affected.

      This section is expected to be completed in late August.

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      Coquitlam pit station work

      Construction on our pit stations in Coquitlam–at the corners of Clarke Road and Robinson Street, and Poirier Street and Grover Avenue–is almost complete.

      We expect to complete paving this Thursday, June 27. This will require us to close the western sidewalk on Poirier Street, and the northeastern sidewalk and parallel right-turn lane on Robinson Street.

      Underground pit stations are prevalent throughout our service area. They help regulate the pressure of the natural gas in our lines, reducing the pressure so gas can be safely distributed to homes and businesses.

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      Coquitlam neighbourhood coffee chat

      We’ll be at Starbucks in Como Lake Village from 4 - 6 p.m. this Thursday, June 27, for a neighbourhood coffee chat.

      Our community coffee chats are an opportunity to meet us, learn more about the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project and ask any questions you may have. Free coffee will be provided. If you can’t make it or would like to learn more, you can contact us anytime at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com or 604-592-7494.

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      Woodland complete appreciation event

      Construction upgrading our natural gas facility at the corner of Woodland Drive and East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver is complete.

      We’ll be at Alice Townley Park at 1775 Woodland Drive from 2 - 4 p.m. this Wednesday, June 26 with free coffee, treats and giveaways to thank the community for its patience during construction.

      We upgraded the facility to support our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project, which was completed in Vancouver in 2018. The new facility houses a pressure control system, which reduces the pressure of our natural gas ahead of it being delivered to homes and businesses.

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      Broadway-Underhill Avenue work

      Construction is underway at the intersection of Broadway and Underhill Avenue in Burnaby. The intersection will remain open. However, there will be periodic lane closures. This work is expected to finish mid-July.

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      Duthie Avenue work extends west

      Construction at the intersection of Duthie Avenue and Broadway in Burnaby is extending west to Bainbridge Avenue. This will prevent traffic from making a right-hand turn from Bainbridge Avenue on to Broadway.

      Motorists can continue to turn left from Bainbridge Avenue to travel west on Broadway and there is a detour via Cliff Avenue and Gibson Street for north-south traffic.

      Duthie Avenue and Broadway in Burnaby detour map

      Mariner Way weekend work

      There will be lane closures at the intersection of Como Lake Avenue and Mariner Way in Coquitlam this weekend, to support our gas line upgrades in the area.

      At least one east-west lane and one north-south lane will be kept open throughout the work, which will happen between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Traffic control personnel will be on hand to help safely direct traffic.

      We want to thank the community for its patience, as we complete this work safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Linton to Poirier section starts

      Construction will start on Como Lake Avenue between Poirier and Linton streets in Coquitlam tomorrow, June 18.

      One eastbound and one westbound lane on Como Lake Avenue and all lanes on Linton Street will remain open for traffic. Como Lake Village will be open and accessible throughout construction.

      Work on this section is expected to finish in late July.

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      Broadway-Duthie Avenue detour

      The intersection of Broadway and Duthie Avenue in Burnaby is now closed, with a detour via Cliff Avenue and Gibson Street in place for motorists travelling north or south. A pedestrian crosswalk is being maintained in the area.

      Our gas line upgrades are now complete east of the intersection, with Broadway open between Duthie and Arden avenues.

      The Broadway-Duthie Avenue intersection work is expected to be completed in late June.

      Duthie Avenue, Burnaby detour map

      Broadway lanes move south

      Work has started on the eastern end of our section on Broadway between Production Way and Gaglardi Way in Burnaby. We recently finished installing the gas line along this section and crews are now connecting it across Broadway to our right of way to the north.

      Both east-west lanes will remain open during construction, and have been shifted south to give our crews the space they need to work safely and as quickly as possible.

      This work is expected to finish in late June.

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      Forest Grove Drive access roads

      Construction crews will start using an access road between Forest Grove Drive and Gaglardi Way to support our gas line construction on the nearby right of way.

      This will not affect local traffic, with work expected to finish in late July.

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      Fowler Court access

      Driver access to Fowler Court from Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam is restricted to right-hand turns only, as we complete work in the area.

      This closure will give crews the space they need to complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible. We expect work in the section between Robinson and Townley streets to finish by July.

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      Work at Duthie Avenue-Broadway

      The intersection of Broadway and Duthie Avenue in Burnaby will be closed to traffic starting on Thursday, June 13, for gas line upgrade construction.

      Motorists travelling north and south to Duthie Avenue will need to detour via Cliff Avenue and Gibson Street, while east-west traffic can use Lougheed Highway.

      A pedestrian crosswalk will be kept open in the area during construction.

      Closing the intersection of Broadway and Duthie Avenue will give our crews the space they need to complete work safely and as quickly as possible.

      We expect construction at the intersection to finish by the end of June.

      FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades Duthie Avenue

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      Banting Street access

      Driver access to Banting and Lillian streets from Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam is now restricted to right-hand turns only, as we complete work in the area.

      To access Banting Street, motorists will need to travel west on Como Lake Avenue or use Robinson Street. Pedestrians will also be unable to cross Como Lake Avenue at Banting Street during construction, and can use the nearby Robinson Street crossing. Those accessing nearby schools can continue to use Robinson Street.

      To access Lillian Street, motorists can travel westbound on Como Lake Avenue. While there is a detour for westbound traffic at Schoolhouse Street, those accessing local homes, schools and businesses can continue to access the area.

      We want to thank the community for its patience as we complete this work.

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      Work finishes on Broadway section

      Construction has finished on Broadway between Production Way and Gaglardi Way in Burnaby. A lane shift for the section has now been removed and normal traffic conditions restored. Our crews will return later this year to connect the new gas line across Broadway.

      Our gas line upgrades are continuing west and east of the section, on the Burnaby Mountain Trail and on Gaglardi Way. The Production Way/Forest Grove Drive and Broadway intersection remains fully open for traffic.

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      Coquitlam facility upgrade

      We’ve started work upgrading our natural gas facility near the corner of Mariner Way and Spuraway Avenue in Coquitlam.

      A new facility is being built at the site to support our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project. It will house a pressure control system, which reduces the pressure of our natural gas ahead of it being delivered to homes and businesses.

      Construction will largely take place on-site, with minimal disruption to nearby roads or sidewalks.

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      Gaglardi Way lane closures

      Work will start on Gaglardi Way in Burnaby this Wednesday, May 29. This will mean lane closures near the intersections of Gaglardi Way and Broadway, with one northbound lane and one southbound lane kept open throughout construction.

      There will also be some periodic lane closures in the area between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting today as our crews prepare for construction.

      We expect to finish work on this section in late June.

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      Broadway closures

      Broadway is now closed in two sections in Burnaby for gas line construction: between Duthie Avenue and Phillips Place, and Arden and Underhill Avenues.

      Work in these sections is expected to finish in late June, with access maintained for local homes and emergency services only.

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      New work starts on Broadway

      Broadway will be closed between Phillips Place and Duthie Avenue starting Friday, May 24, as our gas line upgrades continue to progress in Burnaby. Access will be maintained for local homes and emergency services only during construction.

      This work is expected to finish in late June.

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      Coquitlam temporary detour finishes

      A temporary detour for westbound traffic on Como Lake Avenue at Schoolhouse Street has ended. The section was unexpectedly closed after a ground movement near the Lillian Street intersection.

      The section remains a local access only area for traffic travelling west, including those living in and visiting the area, emergency services and buses.

      We want to apologize to the community for the inconvenience this temporary detour caused.

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      Lougheed Highway open at Madison Avenue

      All westbound lanes on Lougheed Highway are now open at Madison Avenue in Burnaby, as our work in the area wraps up.

      Paving and line painting is expected to be completed on Madison Avenue and Douglas Road next week, meaning the area will fully reopen for traffic.

      We want to thank the community for its patience during this work.

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      Como Lake Avenue detour

      Westbound traffic on Como Lake Avenue is being detoured at Schoolhouse Street in Coquitlam, to support our work in the area.

      The section has been closed as a precaution, after a ground movement was observed near the Como Lake Avenue-Lillian Street intersection. Our crews are now assessing the area.

      This closure is expected to last until at least tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15. The Lillian Street-Como Lake Avenue intersection has been temporarily re-opened for left-hand turns.

      The section was already closed to motorists travelling west, with the exception of local, emergency service and bus access.

      We have a rigorous safety monitoring program and operating policies in place to maintain safety for the public and our crews which enable us to quickly respond to events such as this.

      We are currently refining our construction methods to ensure the stability of trenches in the area.

      We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding as we complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.

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      Lillian Street access

      Access to Lillian Street from Como Lake Avenue is currently restricted to right-hand turns only, as our crews complete gas line upgrades in the area.

      While there is a detour for westbound traffic on Como Lake Avenue at Schoolhouse Street, those accessing local homes, schools and businesses can continue to access the area.

      Lillian Street is expected to reopen for left-hand turns from Como Lake Avenue in late June.

      We want to thank the local community for its patience and understanding as we complete this work.

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      Shorter Coquitlam detour, as section opens

      The detour for motorists travelling west on Como Lake Avenue has shifted from Blue Mountain Street to Porter Street, as construction progresses in Coquitlam.

      This detour is to give our crews the space they need to work safely, and as quickly as possible. Buses, emergency services and local residents – including those visiting nearby businesses, friends and schools – will continue to be able to use the westbound lane.

      Our gas line upgrades are now complete between Blue Mountain and Porter streets.

      Porter Street detour map in Coquitlam for FortisBC Upgrades

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      New Coquitlam sections

      Gas line upgrade work got underway on Como Lake Avenue at the intersection of Clarke Road, and between Schoolhouse and Poirier streets this week.

      One eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open in both sections of Como Lake Avenue during construction, while traffic travelling north and south on Clarke Road will be unaffected.

      This work is expected to finish in July.

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      Work on Broadway shifts east

      Broadway reopened for traffic between Arden Avenue and Phillips Place this week, as our gas line upgrades continue to progress.

      Construction is now underway between Arden and Underhill avenues, meaning Broadway is closed to traffic in this area. Local and emergency access is being maintained during our gas line upgrades.

      Arden Avenue also reopened for north-south traffic at the Broadway intersection.

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      Como Lake Avenue detour reopened

      Today crews working on Como Lake Avenue noticed potential ground movement west of the Banting street intersection. As a result, we changed our construction methods in the area to ensure the stability of the trench. While we completed this stabilization work, we had to close off westbound traffic between Robinson and Townley streets once more and reinstate a temporary detour for westbound traffic at Blue Mountain street. This has now been reopened.

      We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding as we complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Como Lake Avenue detour

      Today crews working on Como Lake Avenue noticed potential ground movement west of the Banting street intersection. As a result, we are changing our construction methods in the area, to ensure the stability of the trench. While we complete this stabilization work, we have had to close off westbound traffic between Robinson and Townley streets once more and reinstate a temporary detour for westbound traffic at Blue Mountain street.

      We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding as we complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.

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      Coquitlam update: Robinson to Townley reopens

      Como Lake Avenue has reopened for westbound traffic between Robinson and Townley streets, with work restoring the Banting Street intersection completed this morning. A temporary detour for westbound traffic implemented at Blue Mountain Street last week has been removed.

      We’re continuing to investigate the cause of the ground movement that was found on Tuesday, April 30, and over the weekend our crews also repaired some cracking pavement that was observed near the Gatensbury Street intersection. We’re committed to repairing any portions of the road affected by our project and will work closely with the City of Coquitlam to do this.

      Traffic travelling west on Como Lake Avenue will now be detoured between Schoolhouse and Porter streets, via Foster Avenue, with work complete between MacIntosh and Porter streets. The Porter Street intersection also reopened for motorists and pedestrians.

      We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding as we complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Construction extends to Poirier Street

      Work will start between Schoolhouse and Poirier streets on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam next week. One lane will be kept open in each direction during construction. Work in this section is expected to end in late July.

      Work is also expected to start at the Clarke Road intersection next week, with east-west lane closures on Como Lake Avenue. North-south traffic on Clarke Road will be unaffected. Work is expected to finish in early July.

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      Coquitlam Sunday work

      There is some work scheduled to take place on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam this Sunday. Our crews will work to complete this construction safely, and as quickly as possible.

      This will include line painting between Blue Mountain and Porter streets, so the section can reopen for traffic next week.

      We’ll also work through the weekend to reopen the westbound lane between Robinson and Townley streets after it was unexpectedly closed this week.

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      Temporary westbound detour in Coquitlam

      Crews working on our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project yesterday noticed a ground movement near our work at the intersection of Como Lake Avenue and Banting Street in Coquitlam.

      As a precaution, the site has been secured and the westbound lane on Como Lake Avenue has been closed to traffic.

      We have a rigorous safety monitoring program and operating policies in place to maintain safety for the public and our crews which enable us to quickly respond to events such as this.

      We’ve notified the City of Coquitlam and local residents, and are working with RCMP and traffic control personnel to detour traffic via Blue Mountain Street and Foster Avenue.

      We’ll update the community when we know more, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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      Arden Avenue work progresses

      Our gas line upgrades are moving to the next stage at the Broadway-Arden Avenue intersection, meaning it’s closed for northbound traffic. Traffic can detour via Enterprise Street-Underhill Avenue.

      The intersection is now open to southbound traffic.

      We expect this work be complete in mid-May.

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      Lougheed Highway civil works

      We’re currently completing civil restoration works on Lougheed Highway, between Bainbridge and Madison avenues, in Burnaby.

      This will mean temporary lane closures, to give our crews the space they need to complete work safely, and as quickly as possible. These closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

      Civil work includes restoring streets, curbs and medians and re-instating traffic and street lights.

      Work is expected to be complete by mid-May.

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      Springer Avenue reopens

      Work at Springer Avenue is now complete, and the street is reopened for traffic between Lougheed Highway and Halifax Street in Burnaby.

      Civil work including restoring curbs and medians in the area will be completed in coming weeks, which will cause periodic lane closures. Our crews will also return to the Lougheed Highway-Springer Avenue intersection later this year to connect the new natural gas line to our existing system.

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      New Coquitlam work starts

      Construction will start on two new sections on Como Lake Avenue next week; between Gatensbury and Schoolhouse streets on Monday, April 29; and at the Clarke Road intersection on Thursday, May 2. Work on these two sections is expected to finish in June.

      Gas line upgrades are now complete at the Como Lake Avenue-North Road intersection, with the section reopen. Our crews continue to work west of North Road on a bridge for the new gas line to cross Stoney Creek, meaning lane closures continue on Broadway between Gaglardi Way and North Road.

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      Blue Mountain to MacIntosh reopens

      Como Lake Avenue reopened for traffic between Blue Mountain and MacIntosh streets in Coquitlam this week. Construction continues between MacIntosh and Gatensbury streets, with the Porter Street intersection currently closed.

      Porter Street remains accessible for traffic via right-hand turns. Pedestrians can safely cross Como Lake Avenue at either Blue Mountain or Gatensbury streets. The Porter Street intersection is expected to reopen by early May.

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      New Como Lake Ave closure

      Construction will start on Como Lake Ave between Robinson and Townley streets tomorrow, April 16. There will be lane closures to give our crews the space they need to complete work safely and as quickly as possible, with one lane kept open in each direction.

      Work is expected to finish by mid-May, when it will move east to between Townley and Blue Mountain streets.

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      Reopening Lougheed Highway

      Most of our work on Lougheed Highway is now complete, with it fully reopen for traffic between Bainbridge and Kensington avenues. We expect to reopen westbound lanes on Lougheed Highway at the Madison Avenue intersection tomorrow, April 16, weather dependent.

      Our crews will return to Lougheed Highway, at the Bainbridge and Springer intersections, later this year to connect the new natural gas line to our existing system.

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      Stoney Creek closures

      New lane closures start on Broadway this Monday, April 15, between North Road and Gaglardi Way to support construction of a bridge for our gas line to cross Stoney Creek. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open during construction, and there will also be intermittent closures of the Stoney Creek trail to pedestrians and cyclists when our crews are working above it.

      We are crossing Stoney Creek, near the Broadway overpass in Burnaby, using a purpose-built bridge to minimize impact on the local environment.

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      Broadway work starts – Production Way to Gaglardi Way

      Lane shifts started today on Broadway, between Production Way and Gaglardi Way, to support gas line upgrades in the area. One lane is being kept open in both directions for east-west traffic on Broadway. There will be no lane closures on Production Way for motorists travelling north or south. Work on this section is expected to finish in late May.

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      New Coquitlam detour for westbound traffic

      A new detour for traffic travelling west on Como Lake Avenue between Schoolhouse and Blue Mountain streets starts on Monday, April 8, to give our crews the space they need to work safely, and as quickly as possible.

      Buses, emergency services and local residents – including those visiting nearby businesses, friends and schools – will continue to be able to use the westbound lane. This detour will help us complete activities such as excavation and receiving deliveries of gas line safely and efficiently.

      We worked closely with the City of Coquitlam to create the best detour route, including using Schoolhouse Street instead of Gatensbury Street. Flaggers will be at the Schoolhouse Street-Como Lake Avenue intersection helping to manage the detour.

      Construction on our Gas Line Upgrades continues east and will also start between Porter and Gatensbury streets on Monday. Work in this section is expected to finish mid-May.

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      Work near Como Lake Village, businesses are open

      Work has started locating underground utilities between Poirier Street and Thermal Drive on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam, ahead of construction on our gas line upgrades in the area later this year.

      This will mean periodic lane closures of about a block in length. These will generally take place outside of peak traffic periods, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, as required. This work is anticipated to be completed mid to late April.

      Como Lake Village businesses are open and traffic control personnel will be on hand to help safely direct vehicles around our work zones.

      We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this work safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Broadway-Production Way work

      Construction on our gas line upgrades will start near the Production Way-Broadway intersection in Burnaby this week. Work will largely take place on the existing rights-of-way, west of Production Way and south of Broadway.

      Starting on Friday, April 5, there will be lane closures on Broadway between Production Way and Gaglardi Way to support construction. One lane will be kept open in both directions for east-west traffic on Broadway. There will be no lane closures on Production Way for motorists travelling north or south.

      Work on the segment is expected to finish in late May.

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      Springer and Madison work progresses

      Our gas line upgrades are moving to the next stage at two sites in Burnaby.

      At Madison Avenue, starting today access will be temporarily closed from Lougheed Highway as our crews relocate their worksite. This is expected to be completed next week and access to Madison Avenue from Halifax Street will be maintained throughout the relocation. Once the new stage starts, southbound access to Lougheed Highway from Madison Avenue will resume.

      At Springer Avenue, lane closures will change from Friday, April 5, with northbound lanes closed between Lougheed Highway and Broadway. Southbound lanes will remain open and Broadway will be accessible for both northbound and southbound traffic.

      Work in these two areas is expected to finish in April.

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      MacIntosh Street turning restrictions

      Construction is currently taking place in front of MacIntosh Street on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam, preventing left-hand turns to and from the street. The street will remain open during construction and is accessible via right-hand turns. This work is expected to last about a week.

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      New Burnaby work starts

      Construction started at two new locations in Burnaby this week; on Broadway between Phillips Place and Arden Avenue; and Springer Avenue between Lougheed Highway and Dellawn Drive.

      Broadway is closed to traffic between Phillips Place and Arden Avenue while construction is underway, to give our crews the space they need to work safely and as quickly as possible, with access maintained.

      On Springer Avenue, southbound lanes are closed between Lougheed Highway and Dellawn Drive. Access to Ridgelawn Drive, Brealawn Drive and Halifax Street from Springer Avenue is restricted to northbound traffic only. Broadway is closed at Buchanan Drive for westbound traffic, with no access to Springer Avenue.

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      Work starts at pit stations

      We have started construction and testing work at two of our pit stations in Burnaby and Coquitlam to support our gas line upgrades.

      Our underground pit station on Bainbridge Avenue, near Queensbridge Drive in Burnaby, will be tested between March 25 and April 2. This includes a test that will require our crews to work continuously overnight from March 29 to the morning of March 31.

      Two-way traffic will largely be maintained on Bainbridge Avenue during this test; however, there will be times when it is reduced to single-lane alternating north-south. Access to local homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.

      Gas line construction for the upgrade project will be in the area later this year.

      Work has also started upgrading our underground pit station at the corner of Robinson Street and Clarke Road in Coquitlam. Work is expected to finish in April.

      Pit stations are prevalent throughout our service area. They help regulate the pressure of the natural gas in our lines, reducing the pressure so gas can be safely distributed to homes and businesses.

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      Coquitlam neighbourhood coffee chat

      We will hold our first project neighbourhood coffee chat for 2019 in Coquitlam next Tuesday, March 26. Our community coffee chats are an opportunity for the community to meet us, learn more about the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project and ask any questions they may have.

      Next Tuesday we’ll be at Starbucks at Safeway Burquitlam, 580 Clarke Road, from 4 - 6:30 p.m.

      If you can’t make it or would like to learn more, you can contact us anytime at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com or 604-592-7494.

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      New Burnaby construction starting

      We will be starting gas line construction at two new locations in Burnaby next week.

      On Monday, March 18, work will start on Broadway between Phillips Place and Arden Avenue. The road will be closed to traffic, with local access maintained.

      We will also start construction on Springer Avenue between Lougheed Highway and Halifax Street by Wednesday, March 20. Southbound lanes will be closed on Springer Avenue during construction, and there will also be lane closures on Lougheed Highway. These closures are to give our crews the space they need to work safely and as quickly as possible.

      Construction is expected to finish in April at both these locations.

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      Coquitlam work underway

      Construction started on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam this week, at the North Road intersection and between Blue Mountain and Porter streets.

      One eastbound lane and one westbound lane will be kept open. Between Blue Mountain and Porter streets westbound traffic is restricted to local, bus and emergency service access only.

      Work is scheduled to finish at both locations in April.

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      Broadway temporary path

      Construction is underway on a temporary access road on Broadway, between Duthie Avenue and Phillips Place, in Burnaby. The temporary road will maintain access for houses on the north side of Broadway, while our gas line upgrades work in the area is completed.

      We will need to close Broadway during construction to give our contractors the space they need to complete work safely and as quickly as possible.

      There will be lane closures during construction, with Broadway reduced to single-lane alternating traffic. Construction is permitted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, with work scheduled to finish on Friday, March 15.

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      Coquitlam work starting next week

      Gas line upgrade construction is on track to start on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam next week, at the North Road intersection on March 11 and between Blue Mountain and Porter streets on March 13.

      We have been working with our contractor and the City of Coquitlam to refine our construction plans so that additional intersections, like Macintosh Street, are kept open longer during construction. It is important to remember that while some turning restrictions may be in place, all intersecting side streets will remain accessible as much as possible throughout construction.

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      Gas line construction starts in Burnaby

      Work will begin upgrading our natural gas line in Burnaby this weekend.

      Construction will start on Lougheed Highway, between Kensington and Bainbridge avenues overnight on Saturday, March 2. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be kept open during construction. On Madison Avenue, southbound lanes will be closed between Lougheed Highway and Halifax Street starting March 5.

      Construction is expected to start along Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam in coming weeks.

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      Burnaby information session on February 28

      We’ve scheduled a new Burnaby information session for February 28, after our original one was postponed due to bad weather.

      With construction on track to start next month, the information session is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our gas line upgrades. Construction in Burnaby will result in lane closures on Lougheed Highway and Broadway, however local businesses will remain open.

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      Upcoming lane closures

      Our crews will be working at various locations in Burnaby and Coquitlam in coming weeks as we prepare for 2019 construction. This work is to locate underground utilities such as water lines ahead of construction on our natural gas line upgrades.

      This will mean periodic lane closures of about a block in length, with crews working at each location for a few days at a time.

      Weather dependent, work will start this week on:

      • Broadway in Burnaby, between Bainbridge Avenue and Underhill Avenue
      • Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam, between North Road and Robinson Street

      Work will generally take place outside of peak traffic periods, normally between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends in Coquitlam, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends in Burnaby. There may be some instances where work is permitted outside these hours.

      We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this work safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Burnaby information session postponed

      We are rescheduling today’s Gas Line Upgrades information session in Burnaby due to the weather. We will update the community as soon as a new date is finalized in the coming weeks.

      In the meantime, we are happy to talk with community members one-on-one about the project, either over the phone or in-person. You can contact us at 604-592-7494 or gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com to organize a time that is convenient to you.

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      Update on Coquitlam gas line construction

      We are upgrading our gas line between Coquitlam and Vancouver to make sure more than 210,000 homes and businesses across the Lower Mainland continue to receive the natural gas they count on, including more than 30,000 in Coquitlam.

      Currently we have a difference in opinion with the City of Coquitlam regarding road repaving and decommissioning of the old gas line for this project. We have put forward these issues to the BC Utilities Commission as the appropriate authority, and are currently awaiting a decision. It is important to note that this will not impact our 2019 construction schedule or delay our work in Coquitlam.

      Construction in Coquitlam in 2019 will take place on Como Lake Avenue, and while we will keep the street open for traffic there will be lane closures and delays.

      We understand construction in your neighbourhood is disruptive. That’s why we always work to minimize local impacts and complete the work safely and as quickly as possible. We will repair any damage caused during construction, including restoring pavement as has been done in Vancouver and Burnaby for this project.

      Once construction is complete, we will be decommissioning and leaving the old gas line in place. This is standard practice as it significantly reduces disruptions and is less costly for our customers. Since we cannot remove the old gas line until the new one is built and operational, removing it would create months of additional community impacts.

      We will continue to be responsible for the decommissioned gas line, and we will remove any segments that interfere with new municipal infrastructure in the future. A long-standing operating agreement between the City of Coquitlam and FortisBC addresses these issues, and we have similar agreements with communities across the province.

      It is important to remember that this is a safety upgrade to an existing line that is more than 60 years old and has reached the end of its operating life.

      We want to thank everyone in the community for their patience and understanding as we complete this work.

       


       

      Lougheed highway repaving
      Repaving on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby, following gas line upgrade construction in 2018.

       

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      Gas line construction set to resume

      Work upgrading our gas line in Burnaby and Coquitlam will start this February.

      Pre-construction activities are expected to begin mid-February to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, meaning periodic lane closures at various locations. Full construction activities are scheduled to start in early March.

      There will be community information sessions on February 5 in Coquitlam and February 12 in Burnaby. Sign up for our regular newsletter to stay updated on construction activities.

      FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades map

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      Graveley Street, Vancouver

      Graveley Street in Vancouver has now fully re-opened for traffic, meaning motorists can access the area from Boundary Road. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we completed construction on the street.

      Valiant Street has been temporarily closed between East 1st Avenue and Graveley Street, and we expect it to re-open early next year.
       

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      Burnaby roads are open

      FortisBC construction on Lougheed Highway and Douglas Road has been completed for 2018, with both roads now re-open for traffic. There may be some further intermittent lane closures on Lougheed Highway for road reinstatement work. These were the final two construction sites in Burnaby for 2018. 

      We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding this year while we completed construction. Work will resume next year.
       

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      Halifax Street intersection re-opens

      The intersection of Halifax Street and Douglas Road in Burnaby is now open for east-west traffic. Douglas Road is expected to remain closed north and south of the intersection – between Carleton and Madison Avenues – until mid-November.

      Access is maintained for cyclists and pedestrians, and for vehicles accessing businesses south of Halifax Street.

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      Vancouver construction update

      Our crews are working to wrap up construction in Vancouver, and as a result there will be overnight work required on November 4 and 5 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. During this time eastbound traffic on East 1st Avenue near the Highway 1 overpass will be reduced to one lane, and eastbound motorists will not be 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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      Vancouver update: Woodland Drive

      Gas line upgrade work on Woodland Drive is on track, with the street anticipated to reopen between East 1st Avenue and East 2nd Avenue next month.

      The section between East 2nd and East 3rd Avenues will remain closed into December, as part of ongoing construction on the new station at the corner of Woodland Drive and East 2nd Avenue.

      We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this work safely, and as quickly as possible.

       

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      Halifax Street, Douglas Road intersection closure

      The full closure of the intersection of Halifax Street and Douglas Road is scheduled to start this week, meaning all east-west and north-south lanes will be closed until early November.

      Douglas Road construction will also extend south from Halifax Street to Madison Avenue this week. Access will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians, and for vehicles to access businesses south of Halifax Street.

      Construction is anticipated to finish mid-November, weather dependent.

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      Lougheed Highway opens between Delta and Holdom

      Lougheed Highway will fully reopen to traffic between Delta Avenue and Holdom Avenue today.

      However, there will be intermittent lane closures between Willingdon and Delta Avenues for road reinstatement work over the coming weeks. Construction also continues east of Holdom Avenue and at the intersection of Holdom Avenue and Lougheed Highway.

      We would like to thank the community for its patience as we complete construction on our gas line upgrade in Burnaby safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Boundary Road now reopen

      Work on Boundary Road was completed over the weekend, and all northbound lanes are now reopen.

      We would like to thank commuters, residents and businesses for their patience as we completed this construction safely, and as quickly as possible.

      Construction included installing a new facility that will support our gas line upgrade.

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      Burnaby roadworks: Douglas Road and Halifax Street

      Construction will soon start on Douglas Road in Burnaby, and will be completed in three stages:

      • North Douglas Road section: Expected to start this weekend between Carleton Avenue to just north of the Halifax Street intersection, with the road fully closed to vehicle traffic. Work is anticipated to finish mid-November.
      • Douglas Road-Halifax Street intersection: Expected to start on October 24, the intersection will be fully closed to all traffic until early November.
      • South Douglas Road section: From October 23 it is also anticipated that Douglas Road, just south of Halifax Street, will be closed to vehicles. Local traffic access will be retained for those entering surrounding businesses. Construction is expected to finish mid-November.
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      Construction continues east Lougheed Highway

      Work continues east along the Lougheed Highway this week extending to just west of Sperling Avenue.

      Lane closures will extend from Delta Avenue to Sperling Avenue, with traffic being moved to the south side of the street and reduced to one lane in each direction.

      The intersection of Sperling Avenue and Lougheed Highway is unaffected and will remain open in all directions. Construction has been completed on Delta Avenue, with the intersection at Lougheed Highway reopen.

      Lane closures between Delta and Holdom Avenues are anticipated to finish by next week, while construction between Holdom and Sperling Avenues is expected to run until mid-November.

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      East 1st Avenue fully reopen

      FortisBC completed all gas line upgrade work on East 1st Avenue in Vancouver this week, meaning the busy commuter route is now fully reopen for traffic.

      We would like to thank commuters, residents and businesses for their patience as we completed this construction as safely, and as quickly as possible.

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      Boundary Road lane closures

      Upcoming work on Boundary Road will result in northbound lane closures, with work anticipated to take place between October 8 – 14. These lane closures will be in effect from Grant Street to East 2nd Avenue and will allow our crews to install a new facility to support our gas line upgrade.

      While this work is underway, access to Graveley and Kootenay Streets will be available to southbound motorists on Boundary Road, as well as via Valiant Street. On October 8 and 14, additional lane closures will be required so that our crews can set up and remove their equipment.

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      Burnaby construction update – Lougheed Highway

      Gas line construction is now complete on Lougheed Highway between Madison Avenue and Delta Avenue, and this stretch of road is now reopened. Our crews will be working in the area again next week. This brief work is required to fully reinstate the road and may result in some traffic delays.

      There will also be an additional closure at the intersection of Delta Avenue and Lougheed Highway. This will be in place until October 9 and help us complete our work in the area safely, and as quickly as possible. This work means:

      • Vehicles travelling northbound on Douglas Road will still be able to turn left and travel westbound onto Lougheed Highway.
      • To travel east on Lougheed, northbound traffic on Douglas Road will be detoured by taking Goring Street to Holdom Avenue.
      • Vehicles travelling southbound on Delta Avenue will not be able to turn onto Lougheed Highway. Drivers are recommended to detour between Beta and Springer Avenues, travelling on Ridgelawn Drive and Halifax Street, to reach their destination.
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      Lougheed Highway lane closures move east in Burnaby

      Lane closures are now in effect between Springer and Holdom avenues on the Lougheed Highway in Burnaby, as work continues on our gas line upgrade project. Traffic travelling from Springer to Holdom is being shifted to the south side of the street and reduced to one lane in each direction. If you have questions, please call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or email gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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      Burnaby update – Lougheed Highway lane closures

      As part of our ongoing work in Burnaby for the gas line upgrade project, our crews continue to work east along Lougheed Highway. Beginning in the evening of September 17, traffic between Delta Avenue and Springer Avenue will be shifted to the south side of the street and reduced to one lane in each direction. If you have questions, please call our project phone line at 604-592-7494 or email gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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      Burnaby utility locate work: ongoing limited lane closures

      We will be working at various locations in Burnaby over the next week as we prepare for further construction in the months ahead. The purpose of this work is to locate underground utilities, such as water lines, in preparation for the required natural gas line upgrades. From September 7 to 14, crews will be working on Lougheed Highway from Delta Avenue to Bainbridge Avenue. Crews will work at each location for up to a few days at a time.

      This work will take place primarily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. This work will result in periodic lane closures in both eastbound and westbound directions, approximately one block in length, and we appreciate the patience of the local community and commuters.

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      Vancouver update – East 1st Avenue open from Nanaimo to Clark

      As of today, East 1st Avenue in Vancouver is now open from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street. We want to thank the communityresidents, businesses and commutersfor your patience and understanding while we completed our gas line upgrades in the area. Drivers can expect delays in other areas of Vancouver where gas line upgrades are continuing. This includes ongoing lane closures on East 1st Avenue between Rupert Street and Boundary Road, and periodic work between Nanaimo Street and Rupert Street. Our joint news release with the City of Vancouver is now available. If you have any questions, please contact us at 604-592-7494 or gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.
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      Vancouver update – Nanaimo to Rupert roadwork

      As of this past weekend, East 1st Avenue is now open again between Nanaimo Street and Rupert Street. Drivers in the area may still experience brief delays along this section of East 1st Avenue as our crews work to carry out civil work in various locations. This includes restoration work along the centre median as well as roadwork. Working hours will be between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and partial lane closures will take place in short sections approximately two blocks long. Both the westbound and eastbound median lanes will be impacted, and this work is expected to last until early September.

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      Vancouver reopening – East 1st Avenue: Rupert to Nanaimo

      On the morning of August 26, East 1st Avenue will reopen to traffic between Rupert Street and Nanaimo Street, and days later Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street will reopen on August 31. We will provide more information on the August 31 reopening next week, and appreciate the community’s patience as we work to get the road fully reopened.
      Vancouver reopening East 1st Ave Rupert to Nanaimo map

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      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.

      We believe in keeping you informed, every step of the way. That’s why we’ve been talking to municipalities, businesses, residents and Indigenous communities throughout Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam as part of our gas line upgrade.

      We’ve talked to thousands of people at project information sessions, neighbourhood coffee chats and business events, as well as through regular updates on social media and Talking Energy.

      We’ll continue to keep you informed about this important gas line upgrade as construction continues.

      If you have any questions or feedback—or just want to find out more—you can also reach us at 604-592-7494 or gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

      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.

      Investing in our local communities

      Working together to build safe and caring neighbourhoods

      In your community, Coquitlam

      FortisBC Coquitlam info session

      Years before work began, we started reaching out to the community to talk about the project. We continue to provide frequent updates to keep everyone informed.

      • We talked to about 130 residents and businesses at two Coquitlam information sessions in January, where we shared project information and answered questions.
      • In the first six months of 2019, we hand-delivered almost 2000 notification letters to residents and businesses in Coquitlam and Burnaby.

      Como Lake Village map

      We’re working directly with local businesses to find out how we can best support them during construction.

      We know how important it is to maintain access to all your favourite local stores during construction. For Como Lake Village, this means keeping multiple parking lot accesses–including either Montrose Street, Linton Street or a left-hand turn from Como Lake Avenue–open at all times.

      Looking on to ensure traffic safety

      Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Our goal is to complete this project safely, and as quickly possible. To help make that happen, we’re working with the City of Coquitlam, residents and local schools to implement traffic calming measures such as additional police enforcement, speed readers and “local traffic only” signs.

      In your community, Burnaby

      Burnaby businesses are open during FortisBC Upgrades

      At FortisBC, we believe serving the community is a privilege.

      As our gas line upgrade goes through Burnaby, we’ve made it a priority to engage directly with the local residents and businesses.

      This has resulted in positive outcomes with real benefits for the community, like the relocation of the gas line from residential streets to Lougheed Highway and collaborating with businesses on promotional and networking opportunities.

      Engaging community Burnaby

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      We started talking to the community before construction on our gas line upgrade started so people could learn about the project and why it matters, as well as ask questions and voice concerns.

      • We’ve talked to more than 1,750 people in Burnaby about the project so far through nine community outreach including neighbourhood coffee chats, pop-up booths in local supermarkets and parks and presentations to community associations.

       

      Supporting community Burnaby


      This project gave us the opportunity to support great organizations, businesses and events across Burnaby, and in the process build a better community for everyone.

      • We’ve supported 19 community events and eight businesses opportunities across Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam to date, including the Stoney Creek Great Salmon Send Off, Giro di Burnaby, and a Burnaby Board of Trade networking breakfast with the Premier.

      In your community, Vancouver

      Vancouver businesses are open during FortisBC Upgrades

      Being a good neighbour means supporting communities and businesses along our gas line upgrade route in Vancouver and making sure leave the neighbourhood better than when we arrived.

      The Commercial Drive neighbourhood is as well-known for its shopping and restaurant strip, as its vibrant community and Italian heritage.

      That’s why we made sure we were on the ground every step of the way during construction, engaging with businesses, listening to residents and supporting the community.

      Engaging community Vancouver


      Our gas line upgrade is a big project and so is our community engagement to support it. We’ve been engaging with Vancouverites for the past few years to make sure people understood the project and could have their say.

      • We’ve talked to more than 2,300 people in Vancouver and held 28 local community outreach events, including neighbourhood coffee chats, pop-up booths in local supermarkets and parks and presentations to community associations.

      Supporting community Vancouver


      We’ve worked with organizations and businesses on great local events to help build a stronger, safer and more caring community in Vancouver.

      • We’ve sponsored community events like Italian Day on Commercial Drive and Fresh Air Cinema outdoor movies at Grandview Park, and supported opportunities like the Commercial Drive Business Society’s business-to-business information evening.
      • FortisBC staff presented the Energy is Awesome child safety program to more than 400 elementary school students in East Vancouver.

      How this upgrade is creating jobs and economic opportunities for BC

      More than $45 million to local businesses

      FortisBC Upgrades spending

      We want to maximize the benefits of our projects in the community. More than $45 million of project procurement has gone to local businesses since 2014, supporting 190 local vendors and suppliers.

      These businesses are in 20 Lower Mainland and BC municipalities and Indigenous communities, and include surveyors, environmental and archaeological experts, earthworks and shoring contractors, and mechanical fabricators.

      Almost 50 apprentices and eight unions have been involved with the project since 2017. Services from four First Nation-affiliated businesses have been used, including environmental monitoring and equipment.

      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?

      In 2019 we are building 12 kilometres of new gas line in Burnaby and Coquitlam. We successfully completed eight kilometres of new gas line in 2018, in Vancouver and Burnaby.

      The latest information is always available through our interactive map and traffic table on the project page and in the updates section. You can also get the latest information delivered to your in-box by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

      When will the project end?

      We expect to complete construction in late 2019.

      Will there be road closures?

      We’ll need to close lanes on some busy roads—including Broadway and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby and Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam—so we can complete this project safely, and as quickly as possible.

      This will cause traffic delays. We appreciate your patience and understanding during construction. To help you stay informed and plan an alternate route, we’ll communicate any traffic disruptions through our interactive map and traffic table, updates section and weekly newsletter—sign up for it now.

      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, read about our construction methods.

      Will this project offer any economic benefits for local communities?

      This project is creating jobs and opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses. More than $45 million of project procurement has gone to local businesses since 2014, supporting 190 local vendors and suppliers. More information is available on our community page.

      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 safely, and as 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 cross roads along your route will be kept open using trenchless construction?

      Trenchless construction allows us to install a gas line under a road crossing without disrupting its traffic. There are a number of cross roads along our route that will be kept open during gas line construction using this method in 2019.

      Como Lake Avenue, Coquitlam, at:

      • Poirier Street
      • Gatensbury Street
      • Blue Mountain Street
      • Clarke Road
      • North Road

      Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, at:

      • Sperling Avenue

      Broadway, Burnaby, at:

      • Production Way
      • North Road

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