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 is preparing to replace 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 and we’re proposing a replacement line that would 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.

Flyover of proposed route

  • Approximately six kilometres of new gas line, between Lougheed Highway and Sperling Avenue, and 16th Avenue and 4th Street
  • Construction mainly along Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street
  • A new underground pressure regulating station at the intersection of 16th Avenue and 4th Street

We will also need to decommission the existing gas line and associated infrastructure on and around the Pattullo Bridge. This work is expected to take place in 2023.

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.

Sperling Route Map

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Project timelines and next steps

We’re currently in the project planning stage including ongoing engagement with stakeholders, Indigenous communities, local businesses and residents. We submitted an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on August 31, 2020, followed by updates in September and December based on ongoing planning and engagement. The BCUC is expected to make a decision on the application in mid-2021.

In July and November 2020 we held virtual information sessions where the community could learn more about the project, get their questions answered and provide feedback. We will continue to provide engagement opportunities throughout the project, and can be contacted directly at 604-576-7208 and pattullogasline@fortisbc.com.

At this time, we estimate this project will cost approximately $175 million, which works out to an increase of approximately $6.40 per year for the typical residential customer once the project is completed.

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

Pattullo gas line replacement timeline

 

Work starting to support project planning

We will be carrying out work along our proposed gas line route in Burnaby in May and June to support project planning, including locating underground utilities such as water and telecommunication lines, and testing ground conditions. 

  • Starting Monday, May 10, and continuing into June, our crews will be locating underground utilities on Lougheed Highway, Central Valley Greenway, Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street. Work will generally take up to one day at each site and will occur Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • In late May, we will be digging three small trenches along Sperling Avenue and Glencarin Drive to test local ground conditions, as well as drilling a number of small holes for soil and water sampling.

This work will result in noise levels similar to general construction activities, and personnel will help safely direct motorists, cyclists and pedestrians through these areas. All sites will be restored to their original condition.

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

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Community feedback helps decide new gas line route in Burnaby

FortisBC confirmed today that it has selected a preferred route for a proposed new gas line in Burnaby, following engagement with the local community including the City of Burnaby. The proposed gas line would run along Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street in Burnaby, and is needed to replace FortisBC’s gas line that is attached to the existing Pattullo Bridge.

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Regulatory update filed

We submitted an update to our regulator the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) this week. This assessment is ongoing and we expect to have a final decision from the BCUC in the first half of 2021.

You can view our project application and updates here, and learn more at the BCUC website.

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Second route option proposed for Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project

FortisBC is assessing a new route option in Burnaby to replace a gas line it has attached to the Pattullo Bridge, based on feedback received during engagement.

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

The Ministry’s design standards do not permit a gas line on the new bridge, and we have been engaging the community on a proposed replacement line along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue in Burnaby.

  • Based on this engagement, we are now assessing a new possible route option to the west that would:
  • Start near the intersection of Sperling Avenue and Lougheed Highway, and finish near the intersection of 16th Avenue and 4th Street
  • Largely follow Sperling Avenue and Glencarin Drive north of Highway 1, and Lakefield Drive and 4th Street south of the highway
  • Include a new underground facility near the intersection of 16th Avenue and 4th Street

We invite the community to attend one of our virtual information sessions on November 24 and 26, where they can learn more and ask questions.

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Project application filed

We submitted an application with our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission on August 31. We will be filing updates to this application in the fall as our planning and engagement work progresses. If you want to know more about the BCUC process or get involved, visit bcuc.com. You have until October 15 to register with the BCUC to be involved.

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Work at 17th Ave and Newcombe St

We will be conducting geotechnical work at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Newcombe Street in Burnaby on Thursday, July 23. This work will help us understand ground conditions in the area to support project planning. Work will take place east of the intersection and not affect traffic travelling north-south or west. Nearby homes may experience some noise associated with the work.

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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.

We held virtual information sessions in July and November 2020, providing the community an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Attendees generally wanted to:

  • discuss traffic management, including maintaining access to homes, businesses and facilities along the proposed routes;
  • ask how we plan on protecting the environment during construction;
  • learn more about the proposed pressure regulating station;,
  • ask how we were planning to select a preferred route;
  • and get a better understanding around timelines and construction techniques; and
  • find out how to stay updated as the project progressed.

We’ve included responses to the common questions asked in our FAQ section.

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.

Why can’t you put the replacement gas line on the new Pattullo Bridge?

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has informed us that this is not possible due to their updated design criteria.

Why can’t you cross the Fraser River near the location of the existing gas line?

Our early project work focused on a number of options for crossing the Fraser River in the area of the existing line. However, these were ruled out due to considerations including challenging drilling conditions, as well as archaeological and environmental risks.

Why are you building a new gas line in Burnaby to replace one that is on the Pattullo Bridge between New Westminster and Surrey?

When the existing gas line on the Pattullo Bridge is decommissioned, it will result in reduced capacity for serving our customers in the area. This replacement gas line would replace that capacity and connect with our infrastructure in the area to the north, through Burnaby, whereas our gas line attached to the Pattullo Bridge connected to the south, through Surrey.

More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam are served by our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge – and they will be serviced by this new line. This includes about 18,000 customers in Burnaby.

What does a pressure regulating station look like and what does it do?

Work is ongoing planning the underground facility and its precise location. At this stage, the above-ground portion is expected to include two metal access covers on the roadway (3-4m by 1-2m each) and one to two kiosks resembling the picture below. The kiosks should be located on green space off the roadway.

We will continue to keep the community updated regarding the facility as our design work progresses, including if additional above-ground infrastructure is required.

PRS kiosk

When is construction expected to start?

We expect the majority of construction to take place in 2022.

We’re currently in the early planning stages, including engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous communities, local businesses and residents. We submitted an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on August 31, 2020, followed by updates in September and December based on ongoing planning and engagement. The BCUC is expected to make a decision on the application mid-2021.

Will you maintain access to homes, businesses and facilities along the route during construction?

We will strive to maintain access to homes, businesses and facilities along the project route throughout construction. If access needs to be restricted, we will reach out to those affected before construction starts so we can mitigate any potential impacts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 604-576-7208 or pattullogasline@fortisbc.com.

How will you protect environmentally sensitive areas such as Burnaby Lake during construction?

We are committed to delivering this project in an environmentally responsible manner, and will work with experts and consultants, Indigenous communities, and local groups every step of the way to achieve this.

As part of project planning we will be conducting pre-construction surveys to inform a comprehensive environmental management plan. Localized environmental protection plans will guide our work during construction to help identify and mitigate potential impacts.

We believe in leaving the places where we work in the same or better condition. This will guide our restoration efforts once construction is complete. For example, restoration work for a different FortisBC project near Burnaby Mountain in 2019 included planting a pollinator garden to support local wild bees.

Why are you no longer considering the original route proposed along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue?

We started assessing a second route option – along Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street – based on feedback received during engagement as part of early project planning. After assessing the new route and completing further engagement with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and the community, it is now our preferred route.

When do you expect a decision from the British Columbia Utilities Commission?

At this time, we expect a decision mid-2021.

How can I stay updated on the project?

We will keep this project website updated with the latest news as the project progresses. You can also sign up for our regular project newsletter here.

What will this project cost?

At this time, we estimate this project will cost approximately $175 million, which works out to an increase of approximately $6.40 per year for the typical residential customer once the project is completed.

We submitted an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on August 31, 2020, followed by updates in September and December based on ongoing planning and engagement. The BCUC is expected to make a decision mid-2021.

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement (Sperling Ave) route news release

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement information card

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement (Sperling Ave) information bulletin

Pattullo Gas Line Replacement (Sperling Avenue) virtual information sessions – presentation

 

View our application

Learn more via the BCUC