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. The Ministry’s design standards do not permit a gas line on the new bridge, so we’re building six kilometres of new gas line in Burnaby. Work started in November 2021.
As part of the process to select a new route, we assessed a number of factors including how to best minimize potential community and environmental impacts, as well as safety, cost and schedule. We selected the route based on technical investigations, City of Burnaby input and feedback received during engagement with numerous stakeholders and communities.
We’ll continue to engage with the community throughout the project and can be contacted directly at 604-576-7208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday and statutory holidays, permit required.
Our gas line route
The Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project will include the following work:
- 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
- A new cycling and walking path along the route, built in partnership with the City of Burnaby
We will also decommission the existing gas line and associated infrastructure on and around the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster and Surrey. This work is expected to take place in 2023, in advance of the bridge’s demolition.
Project timelines and next steps
On June 30, 2021 we received approval of our application and were issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from our regulator the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Gas line construction started in November 2021 and is expected to finish by the end of 2022. Decommissioning our existing gas line and associated infrastructure on and around the Pattullo Bridge is expected to take place in 2023.
In July and November 2020, and October 2021 we held virtual information sessions where the community could learn more about the project, get their questions answered and provide feedback.
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.
How to stay informed
Project publicly announced
We first informed the community that we were looking into options to replace a gas line we have attached to the Pattullo Bridge, ahead of the bridge and our gas line being decommissioned.
Engagement starts on proposed Burnaby gas line
We began engaging with the community, stakeholders and Indigenous groups on a proposal to build a replacement gas line in Burnaby.
Our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission, approved our application for a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience for the project.
Gas line construction underway
Gas line construction scheduled to finish
Decommission existing gas line
Work will take place to decommission our existing gas line on the Pattullo Bridge and associated infrastructure in New Westminster and Surrey.
Lakefield Drive full road closure required
As early as January 4, 2022, we’ll be starting work on a section of Lakefield Drive that will require a full road closure. This is due to our worksite being located in the centre of the road in the area to avoid third-party utilities. The area affected will be directly west of the laneway access and the sidewalk will remain open throughout this work. We expect to complete this work late February. Please refer to our interactive traffic map for the latest details on road impacts and construction schedules.
Work winds down for the holidays, resumes early January
Construction on our gas line upgrades in Burnaby will shut down over the holiday period, finishing on December 23 and resuming January 4. Fencing will remain up and we’ll monitor our worksites to ensure they remain safe and secure. Some equipment such as generators and pumps may be needed over the break for water management.
In the new year, we’ll resume gas line construction that started this year along Glencarin Drive and Sperling Avenue south of Thomas Street, and on Lakefield Drive.
We also expect to start work in two new areas in January:
- We’ll be working along Sperling Avenue, near the Sprott Street intersection. There will be single-lane alternating traffic in the area, with concrete traffic barriers being placed on the west side of Sperling Avenue. These barriers will prohibit access to the tennis courts from Sperling Avenue; however, tennis court access from Sprott Street will be unaffected.
- We’ll also be working along Lakefield Drive, south of the Reigate Drive intersection. A single eastbound lane will be kept open adjacent to our worksite. This lane will be local access only when work is taking place, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There will be no westbound access to Reigate Drive during this work.
We want to thank the community for its patience and understanding during construction in 2021, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Work underway on Lakefield Drive, Sperling Avenue and Glencarin Drive
We’ve now started construction in a number of areas along the route, including:
- Gas line construction on Lakefield Drive is being completed in 150m segments, with an eastbound lane generally kept open throughout construction. This lane is local access only during construction hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) to maintain access to homes along the route.
- Work is ramping up on Glencarin Drive and Sperling Avenue south of Thomas Street, as our crews widen the road, locate underground utilities and construct the gas line. Expect to see single-lane alternating traffic in this area.
- Closing and restricting a number of parking lots along Sperling Avenue and Glencarin Drive to support construction. This includes the full closure of the Freeway Trail parking lot and Burnaby Lake East Gravel Field #10 until late 2022.
Work starts on Pattullo Gas Line Replacement
Our crews started moving to site this week, as work on the project got underway. Starting as early as this week, we will be:
- Removing trees and vegetation, and putting up construction fences on Lakefield Drive and Nursery Street. Learn more about what construction on Lakefield Drive will look like.
- Closing the southern part of the Burnaby Lake parking lot on Sperling Avenue, including the south entrance.
- Widening the road and building a new access road on Glencarin Drive.
- Closing the Freeway Trail parking lot at the southeast end of Glencarin Drive. We expect this parking lot to remain closed until late 2022 to support work in the area.
Early works underway
In the coming weeks you will see our crews out along the route completing preparation work ahead of construction. This includes:
- Ongoing geotechnical investigations and locating underground utilities on Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive and Lakefield Drive.
- Preparing to build temporary access roads at Glencarin Drive and the Nursery Street cul-de-sac.
- Delivering large equipment such as water tanks and sea containers to the Sperling Avenue-Glencarin Drive intersection and Lakefield Drive.
- Vegetation and tree removal starting mid-November.
Working hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. There will be limited impacts to traffic and parking disruptions to give our crews the space they need to work safely and as quickly as possible.
Join us for a virtual information session
Join us for a virtual information session on October 14 or 19, 2021 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, ask questions and provide input. Get more information and register.
To stay up-to-date on the project, bookmark this updates page or subscribe to our Talking Energy Pattullo Gas Line Replacement newsletter.
Project receives BCUC approval
The British Columbia Utilities Commission today approved the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project application and issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for it.
This project will ensure we can continue to supply natural gas safely and reliably to more than 35,000 homes and businesses in Burnaby, Coquitlam and New Westminster, once the gas line that is currently attached to the Pattullo Bridge is decommissioned.
The replacement gas line runs through Burnaby, along Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street. Construction is expected to start this fall and finish by the end of 2022.
To stay up-to-date on the project, bookmark this Updates page or subscribe to our Talking Energy Pattullo Gas Line Replacement newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Toll-free dial-in: 1-888-300-0053
- Conference ID: 8633337
- Online presentation password: Pattullo1
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Why is FortisBC still investing in natural gas instead of exploring cleaner energy solutions?
We see a future where BC’s existing gas and electricity systems are both working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet climate action targets—delivering carbon-neutral energy like Renewable Natural Gas and hydrogen gas to millions of British Columbians. By injecting these into our distribution system, we can reduce the amount of natural gas needed. In fact, our goal is for the gas in our system to be 15 per cent renewable by 2030 and 75 per cent renewable by 2050.
This diversified approach to decarbonized energy will give you the reliable, affordable energy you need for your home or business.
Find out why we’re investing in our gas system today in support of a lower-carbon tomorrow.
Nov 22, 2021
When is construction expected to start and finish?
Gas line construction started in November 2021 and is expected to finish by the end of 2022.
In 2023, we will decommission the existing gas line and associated infrastructure on and around the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster and Surrey.
The walking and cycling pathway being built as part of the project is expected to open once gas line construction is complete.
Nov 15, 2021
What will gas line construction and restoration look like south of Highway 1, on Lakefield Drive and 4th Street?
Gas line construction along Lakefield Drive and 4th Street will be completed using open cut methods, with work progressing along the streets in sections of about 150m. Here’s what you need to know:
- As a safety precaution, our worksites are fenced off from the public.
- Construction generally takes six to eight weeks per section.
- There will be an eastbound lane kept open on Lakefield Drive throughout construction. However, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. this lane will be local access only, allowing residents to access their homes. Please be advised that there may be some traffic delays along Lakefield Drive due to construction activities.
- Some tree removal is needed to support construction of the new gas line and walking and cycling pathway.
We are working with the City of Burnaby on restoration plans for the area, including building a new walking and cycling pathway along the gas line route between Nursery Street and Robert Burnaby Park as a lasting local benefit for the community. We’ll be replacing trees removed at a ratio of three new trees for every tree removed, replanting in directly impacted areas or as near as is possible.
Please contact us if you want more information on restoration plans or would like to provide input on restoring the areas near you.
Nov 4, 2021
How will this project benefit the local community?
This project will help us continue to provide natural gas to more than 35,000 local homes and businesses, including 18,000 in Burnaby, once our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge is decommissioned.
We’re committed to working with the community every step of the way. Our Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project incorporated feedback received during engagement. The project is creating economic opportunities for local and Indigenous companies, and will include construction of new cycling and walking infrastructure that the community can enjoy for years to come.
Oct 22, 2021
How will you protect environmentally sensitive areas such as Burnaby Lake during construction?
Protecting the natural areas and watercourses we are working near has been top of mind since project planning started on the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project. Learn more about the steps we’re taking to prevent and minimize impact to the environment in Burnaby as part of this project.
Oct 22, 2021
Why are you building a new gas line in Burnaby to replace one that is on the Pattullo Bridge between New Westminster and Surrey?
The new gas line will connect two existing gas lines, one on Lougheed Highway and one on 16th Avenue. This will create additional capacity in the area, replacing the capacity we will lose when our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge is decommissioned.
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 served by this new line. This includes about 18,000 customers in Burnaby.
Oct 22, 2021
What does a pressure regulating station look like and what does it do?
Pressure regulating stations can be found safely operating throughout our service territory, and help us reduce the pressure of gas so it can be safely moved through our system and delivered to homes and businesses.
As part of this project, an underground pressure regulating station will be installed at the park on the northwest corner of the intersection of 16th Avenue and 4th Street.
Above ground, you will be able to see the top of four vaults, as well as four vents, two chest-high control cabinets, a chest-high kiosk control box, and a manhole. The vaults will all be level on the ground and measure roughly between 2m by 2m and 7m by 3m in size.
The area will also be secured with barriers as a safety precaution.
Oct 14, 2021
Why and how is work continuing during a pandemic?
As an essential service, we’re continuing to move projects forward that support the energy needs of our customers while adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is part of this critical work and will help us continue to provide natural gas to more than 35,000 homes and businesses in Burnaby, Coquitlam and New Westminster once our gas line on the Pattullo Bridge is decommissioned.
Safety is at the heart of everything we do. While working in the community, our crews will continue to take appropriate physical distancing measures to ensure their safety and yours. On the rare occasion physical distancing isn’t possible, our crews will have access to additional personal protective equipment such as respiratory, eye and hand protection to further reduce the risk of infection.
Sep 27, 2021
As a contractor and/or vendor, how can I express interest in working on this project?
If you are interested in providing goods or services to this project, please complete our procurement form.
Sep 27, 2021
What are you doing to mitigate construction disruptions such as noise and dust for those who live near the worksites?
We recognize that major infrastructure upgrades can be disruptive – that’s why our priority is to complete construction safely, and as quickly as possible. We are also working closely with our contractor to minimize and mitigate impacts to nearby homes, businesses, parks and facilities during construction. Simple but effective measures to reduce local disruptions can include detailed traffic management planning in consultation with local authorities, using noise reducing echo barriers, regularly sweeping construction sites to minimize dust, and locating heavy equipment as far away from homes as possible.
We encourage anyone with concerns to contact us directly at 604-576-7208 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss ways to minimize construction disruptions in their neighbourhood.
Sep 27, 2021
At FortisBC, we believe serving the community is a privilege. That’s why we're committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.
Delivering a project successfully requires ongoing and meaningful engagement with experts, stakeholders, Indigenous communities, customers and the local community. To stay up-to-date on the project, visit and bookmark our project Updates page or subscribe to our Talking Energy Pattullo Gas Line Replacement newsletter.
Working with local and Indigenous communities
Prior to project approval, we held virtual information sessions in July and November 2020, providing the community with an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Once the project was approved, we hosted two more virtual information sessions on October 14 and 19, 2021 to continue our conversation with members of the community and provide them with more opportunities to offer input.
In addition to hosting these six information sessions, we’ve distributed more than 20,000 letters, talked to a broad range of stakeholders and have engaged with 17 Indigenous communities. Feedback from local experts, such as municipalities, environmental specialists and other neighbourhood groups, has also helped shape our project.
We selected our final route based on technical considerations, City of Burnaby input and feedback we received during our community engagement.
Leaving a lasting legacy
It’s important to us to restore the areas where we work to the way they were before, or better. Once the project is complete, we’ll take steps to enhance the natural areas where we worked by removing invasive species such as blackberries, and replanting with local species.
As part of the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project, we’ve partnered with the City of Burnaby to design and build a new cycling and walking path along the route to provide a lasting local benefit and thank the community for its patience during construction.
Creating local jobs and opportunities
We want to maximize the benefit of our projects in the community through the creation of local jobs, fair access to contracts for local and Indigenous suppliers and investment in community organizations.
For example, there was a direct spend of more than $35 million in Burnaby procuring goods and services from 52 local vendors over the course of the recently completed FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project. The project also helped create local jobs at Lower Mainland companies—including 60 new skilled trades jobs at Brymark Construction—and spent more than $4.2 million on services from 11 Indigenous-affiliated businesses.
On June 30, 2021, we received approval of our application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from our regulator the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).
We’ve been engaging with stakeholders, the local community and Indigenous communities to support the project. Materials related to these discussions are available below.
- Construction starting soon announcement (September 2021)
- Project route selection announcement (April 2021)
- Sperling Avenue route option announcement (November 2020)
- Replacement gas line in Burnaby needed announcement (June 2020)
- Project information card
- Presentation - October 2021 virtual information sessions
- Presentation - November 2020 virtual information sessions