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 pattullogasline@fortisbc.com.

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Start dates may change from those listed above. To stay informed on project updates sign up for the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement newsletter.

Construction hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday and statutory holidays, permit required.

Our gas line route

FortisBC gas line

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

2019

Project publicly announced

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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.

2020

Engagement starts on proposed Burnaby gas line

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We began engaging with the community, stakeholders and Indigenous groups on a proposal to build a replacement gas line in Burnaby.

June 2021

BCUC approval

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Our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission, approved our application for a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience for the project.

November 2021

Gas line construction underway

Fall 2022

Gas line construction scheduled to finish

2023

Decommission existing gas line

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Work will take place to decommission our existing gas line on the Pattullo Bridge and associated infrastructure in New Westminster and Surrey.

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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'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

William Hyde and Jo Hunton-Sehdev from FortisBC
(L to R) William Hyde, Community Relations Manager, FortisBC and Jo Hunton-Sehdev, Community & Indigenous Relations Liaison, FortisBC have been engaging with the Burnaby community on the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project.

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. 

Dr. Elizabeth Elle, Professor, SFU Department of Biological Sciences, crouches beside a newly planted pollinator garden
Once work on the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades was complete in 2019, we planted a pollinator garden at the foot of Burnaby Mountain, designed to attract—and create habitat for—a variety of bee species. Dr. Elizabeth Elle, Professor, SFU Department of Biological Sciences, visits the newly planted garden.

Creating local jobs and opportunities

Taylor Smith from Brymark Construction at one of our project worksites
Taylor Smith of Port Coquitlam-based Brymark Construction—one of the local companies that worked on our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project—visits one of our project worksites in 2019.
 

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 companiesincluding 60 new skilled trades jobs at Brymark Constructionand spent more than $4.2 million on services from 11 Indigenous-affiliated businesses.

If you’re interested in providing goods or services for the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement, or for future opportunities, please complete the Contractors and Vendors form.

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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.