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
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.
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. We submitted an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on August 31, 2020. Updates to this application will be filed in the fall as our planning and engagement work progresses and people have until October 15 to register with the BCUC to be involved.
In July 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If approved, we expect project construction will take place in 2022.
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 can 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.
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 two virtual information sessions in July 2020, providing the community an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Attendees generally wanted to discuss how we would minimize traffic and construction impacts in their neighbourhoods, learn more about the proposed pressure regulating station, and get a better understanding around timelines and construction techniques. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
What will this project cost?
At this early stage, we are still determining project costs. These costs and any necessary rate changes will be included as part of our application to the B.C. Utilities Commission, which we expect to submit later in 2020.
Did you look at other routes, such as going along Cariboo Drive?
We explored a number of options before proposing the new gas line that mainly goes along Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road and 16th Avenue. As part of this work, we assessed various criteria including minimizing potential community and environmental impacts, as well as safety, cost and schedule.
For example, Cariboo Drive was investigated as an option; however, the street is heavily congested with existing underground utilities. These include FortisBC gas lines connected to homes in the area, BC Hydro infrastructure, sanitary, water and storm mains, and underground telecommunications cables. These pose significant challenges to building the new gas line safely.
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 will the pressure reducing station at the corner of Newcombe Street and 17th Avenue look like?
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.
When is construction expected to start?
We are now in the project’s early planning stages, including engaging with local stakeholders, Indigenous groups and the community. We plan on filing an application for the project with our regulator the B.C. Utilities Commission later in 2020.
If approved, we expect construction to start in spring 2022. We will be in contact with the community ahead of any work taking place.
You constructed on Gaglardi Way last year, why did you not do this work then?
It takes years to plan and build new gas lines, including feasibility and geotechnical investigations, engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and communities, and receiving regulatory approval.
Early project planning for the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project focused on crossing the Fraser River, either by being on the new bridge or building a new crossing. Construction on the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project was already underway by the time these options were off the table and we started planning this proposed gas line route.
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.
We are in the early planning stages and are working to gather feedback from potentially affected groups and the broader community to better understand their interests with respect to the project.
On August 31, 2020, we submitted our application to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC). Updates to this application will be filed in the fall as our planning and engagement work progresses. Interveners have until October 15 to register with the BCUC.
Materials to support these discussions are available below.