Pattullo Bridge Gas Line Replacement

About this project

We’re reviewing options to replace a 20-inch gas line on the existing Pattullo Bridge, as our line on the bridge will need to be removed before the bridge is replaced and decommissioned in 2024.

We are currently assessing the safety, cost and schedule of these options, as well as how to best minimize potential community and environmental impacts. This assessment is focusing on two preferred options for crossing under the Fraser River between New Westminster and Surrey.

We are consulting with experts, stakeholders and First Nations as part of this process.

More than 30,000 homes and businesses in New Westminster, Burnaby and Coquitlam rely on this natural gas line every day for the energy they need. The existing line on the Pattullo Bridge was built in 1957.

Work in your community: gas line replacement options

Option 1: 12-inch line

Work requirements:

  • New Westminster: A temporary worksite will be needed near the corner of Dufferin and Agnes streets. We may also need to build a permanent facility in the area.
  • Surrey: Construction will occur along the rail corridor on the northwest side of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, near Old Yale Road. This work will affect local traffic.

Option 2: 20-inch line

Work requirements:

  • New Westminster: A temporary worksite will be needed along McBride Boulevard, between Victoria Heights and Sixth Avenue. This work will affect local traffic.
  • Surrey: Most work will take place on existing rights of way, and on land owned privately and by Port Metro Vancouver, which will minimize local traffic disruptions.

We are reviewing these options because the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s design standards for the replacement Pattullo Bridge prevent us from putting a gas line on it.

Project timelines and next steps

We plan to complete installation of the new gas line in 2021, and are working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to coordinate our work with construction on the new Pattullo Bridge.

We will share further details on the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project with the community as our review progresses. Public information sessions will be held later this year to give the community an opportunity to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback.

We expect to file an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the British Columbia Utilities Commission in late 2019.

Summer geotechnical work

There will be some geotechnical work done this summer as part of our review of the construction options. This will cause some minor traffic disruptions in New Westminster and Surrey.

We’ll provide the latest construction and traffic updates here, and keep you informed as work progresses.

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project kicks off

Work is underway reviewing options to replace our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge, ahead of the bridge being replaced and decommissioned in 2024.

We expect to select a preferred option later this year and to file an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the British Columbia Utilities Commission in late 2019. Construction is currently scheduled for 2021.

We will continue to keep the community informed of this project as it progresses.

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At FortisBC, we believe serving the community is a privilege. That’s why we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.

We are now reviewing options to replace our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge, to identify the best way to cross the Fraser River safely, cost-effectively, and with minimal community and environmental impact.

We are consulting with local experts, stakeholders and First Nations as part of this process. We’ll continue to keep the community informed about the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project as it progresses, including through public information sessions later this year.

If you have any questions or feedback—or just want to find out more—you can also reach us at 604-576-7208 or pattullogasline@fortisbc.com.