Replacing our natural gas line on the Pattullo Bridge

Sunset over the Pattullo Bridge
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Construction starts this November on six kilometres of new gas line in Burnaby to replace our line on the Pattullo Bridge. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is replacing the bridge and its design standards don’t permit a gas line on the new bridge. 

Our replacement gas line needs to be in service before the bridge is decommissioned. We’re making sure 35,000 customers in Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster continue to receive the natural gas they count on every day.

Gas line route

When selecting a new gas line route, we assess a number of factors including how to best minimize potential community and environmental impacts, as well as safety, cost and schedule. We selected our final route based on technical investigations, City of Burnaby input and feedback received during community engagement.

The new gas line will begin at Lougheed Highway and Sperling Avenue and end at 16th Avenue and 4th Street, with construction mainly along Sperling Avenue, Glencarin Drive, Lakefield Drive and 4th Street. 

As part of the 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. 

We’re working with the community to reduce impact during construction. Call or email us any time at 604-576-7208 and [email protected]. Read more about the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project.

Pattullo gas line replacement project map

We believe working closely with local communities, stakeholders and Indigenous groups is essential to successfully delivering a major infrastructure project.

We’ve implemented key feedback we received during engagement for the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project. The project is also creating economic opportunities for local and Indigenous companies.

Doug Slater

vice president, external and Indigenous relations

How we’ll protect the environment during construction

Our environmental management plans are designed to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as any plant species at risk.  For example, we’ll remove vegetation by hand in sensitive areas and within 10 metres of watercourses, wetlands and riparian setbacks.

Some of the other ways we’ll minimize disturbance to the environment include removing vegetation outside of bird nesting seasons where possible, working within fisheries windows and keeping our workspaces as small as possible. 

During worksite restoration, we’ll take steps to enhance the natural areas we work in by removing invasive species such as blackberries, and replanting with local species.

Caroline Astley kneels along a trail in Burnaby Lake park

We’re committed to delivering our projects in an environmentally responsible manner. This means developing a detailed environmental management plan to guide construction, as well as working with environmental experts, Indigenous communities and local groups every step of the way.

Caroline Astley

environment manager, major projects

Essential work during COVID-19

As a critical infrastructure service provider, FortisBC has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19. For us, this means advancing critical energy infrastructure projects like the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement so we can continue providing the reliable energy service residents and businesses count on. We have COVID-19 safety plans in place and we have implemented many COVID-19 safety protocols for our projects.

While working in the community, our crews keep an appropriate physical distance from each other whenever possible. They also have access to additional personal protective equipment like respiratory, eye and hand protection, to further reduce the risk of infection. We ask the community, if you do see our crews working, to please keep your distance to ensure your safety and the safety of our crews. 

FortisBC workers practicing social distancing while wearing PPE

To stay informed about the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project, check back for updates or subscribe to our Pattullo Gas Line Replacement newsletter. 

Our primary goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors and surrounding communities. We, and our contractors, strictly follow provincial and local health authority orders and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our worksites.

Tim Ackah-Sanzah

program manager, contractor safety