Pattullo Gas Line Replacement

About this project

Our 20-inch gas line on the Pattullo Bridge ensures more than 35,000 homes and businesses in New Westminster, Burnaby and Coquitlam receive the natural gas they count on every day.

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be replacing the Pattullo Bridge. We will need to build a replacement gas line before the bridge is decommissioned. The Ministry’s design standards do not permit a gas line on the new bridge. We’re proposing a new line to connect our system in Burnaby to our system in New Westminster.

Before building a new gas line we assess a number of factors including how to best minimize potential community and environmental impacts, as well as safety, cost and schedule. The project is still in the early planning stages, and we are engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and the community on the route to gather feedback and identify ways to minimize impacts.

This project is expected to include:

  • five kilometres of new gas line in Burnaby, running along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue; route begins at the intersection of Broadway and Gaglardi Way and ends at the intersection of 1st Street and 16th Avenue
  • a new underground pressure regulating station at the intersection of Newcombe Street and 17th Avenue
  • decommissioning of the existing gas line on and around the Pattullo Bridge

In July, join us for one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about our project, provide feedback and ask questions.

Wednesday July 8, 2020
Toll Free Dial-In: 1-888-300-0053 
Phone conference ID: 8633337
Online presentation password: Pattullo1

Tuesday July 14, 2020 
Toll Free Dial-In: 1-888-300-0053 
Phone conference ID: 8371177 
Online presentation password: Pattullo1

There will be a short presentation about the project at 5 and 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.

Register for a virtual information session now.

We’re continuing with critical projects that support the everyday energy needs of customers and communities, including this gas line replacement, while adapting to the challenges of the current health crisis.

Pattullo route map

Flyover of proposed route

• The new gas line will be in Burnaby, with the majority of the route running along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue.
• It will start at the intersection of Broadway and Gaglardi Way, and finish at the intersection of 1st Street and 16th Avenue.

Project timelines and next steps

We’re in the early planning stages of this project and are continuing to engage with stakeholders, Indigenous communities, local businesses and residents, as we work toward submitting an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) later this year.

If approved, we expect project construction will take place in 2022.

Register for a virtual information session to learn more about our proposed replacement gas line.

Pattullo project timeline

Project planning fieldwork begins

Early works to support project planning are now underway along the route in Burnaby, including geotechnical ground investigations and site surveys. This work will take place over June and July, and will involve some lane closures lasting one to three days per site.

In late June, we expect to complete some work at the intersection of Gaglardi Way and Lougheed Highway that will mean a single lane closure for southbound traffic.

There will also be intermittent lane closures along 16th and 17th avenues between 1st Street and Cariboo Road from late June to mid-July, to support civil survey work.

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

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Virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project. These sessions will be an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project, get their questions answered and provide feedback.

Please join us:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Toll-free dial-in: 1-888-300-0053
  • Conference ID: 8633337
  • Online presentation password: Pattullo1

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Toll Free Dial-In: 1-888-300-0053 
  • Phone conference ID: 8371177 
  • Online presentation password: Pattullo1

There will be a short presentation about the project at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.

Register now.

Can’t join us for an information session? 
Ask us a question or provide your feedback by phone or email. 
Call us at 604-576-7208
Email us at pattullogasline@fortisbc.com

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Replacement project for gas line on the Pattullo Bridge

SURREY, B.C. – FortisBC is proposing to build a new gas line in Burnaby to replace the one it has attached to the existing Pattullo Bridge.

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is preparing to replace the Pattullo Bridge. Decommissioning the existing bridge will require FortisBC to relocate a gas line currently attached to it. The Ministry’s design standards do not permit a gas line on the new bridge.

This gas line is a crucial part of our system, supplying more than 35,000 homes and businesses in Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam with natural gas. This includes approximately 18,000 customers in Burnaby.

The proposed new gas line would connect our system in New Westminster and Burnaby, running between the intersections of Broadway and Gaglardi Way, and 16th Avenue and 1st Street. The Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project is expected to include:

  • Approximately five kilometres of new gas line, mainly along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue
  • An underground facility at the intersection of Newcombe Street and 17th Avenue
  • Decommissioning of the existing gas line on and around the Pattullo Bridge

The project is still in the early planning stages, and we are engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and the community on the route to gather feedback and identify ways to minimize impacts. As FortisBC adapts to the challenges of COVID-19, it is continuing to advance critical projects to support the everyday energy needs of customers and communities including this gas line replacement. This includes offering ongoing engagement opportunities as the project progresses.

We want to invite the community to our virtual information sessions on July 8 and 14, which will be 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 later this year. If approved, construction is planned for 2022. 

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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.

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 2020. 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 safely, cost-effectively, and with minimal community and environmental impact.

We are consulting with local experts, stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of this process. We’ll continue to keep the community informed about the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project as it progresses.

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.

We are in the early planning stages and are working to gather feedback from affected groups and the broader community to better understand their needs with respect to the project. Materials to support these discussions are available below.

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement information bulletin - June 17, 2020

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement infocard- June 17, 2020