Lower Mainland System Upgrades

Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrades

About this project

More than 700,000 of FortisBC’s natural gas customers rely on our Lower Mainland natural gas system to supply natural gas to their homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland, Squamish, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

We’re upgrading the section of gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam so we can increase its capacity, keep up with growing demand and continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

This project involves creating a backup line that will run alongside the existing natural gas lines, in the same utility corridor, in both communities. Construction began in Feburary 2017 and will continue until the end of the year.

Having a backup, or second, natural gas line means we’ll be prepared to continue to meet our customers’ natural gas needs, even as communities grow. We’ll also be able to do routine “in-line” inspections, using state-of-the art equipment, to ensure the line’s safety and reliability.

Traffic impacts

Surrey to Coquitlam map illustration

The Surrey to Coquitlam gas line essentially runs in a straight line, but the streets beside the gas line corridor don’t, so a number of road crossings are necessary during construction. 

We’re making every effort to minimize traffic impacts during construction by using trenchless—drilling under the road— construction wherever we can. Where traditional trench—open-cut—construction is necessary, some temporary lane closures will be required and traffic delays may occur.

We’ll post upcoming construction activity notifications here so you can plan your commute in advance.  For specific updates on construction activities in your area, some of which may impact traffic, refer to the Updates page. We encourage you to sign-up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter @Fortisbc for regular updates.

Coquitlam

  • We’re installing approximately 5 km of new 36-inch natural gas line between our Cape Horn (2300 block of Rogers Avenue) and Coquitlam (Spuraway Avenue, near Mariner Way) stations.

Surrey

  • We’re installing approximately 5 km of new 36-inch natural gas line from our Nichol Station (9378-138a Street) to the south side of the Fraser River.
  • We’re also installing approximately 1.2 km of new 42-inch natural gas line between our Nichol and Roebuck stations (9081 - 132 Street).

Surrey to Coquitlam route

See the Surrey to Coquitlam route where we're upgrading our natural gas line project, through a route flyover video.

Gas line construction methods

Open cut construction

The type of gas line construction most people are familiar with is open cut, also known as traditional trench construction, where an open trench is dug and the gas line is laid in the trench. Open cut construction is the most commonly used construction method because it’s far less expensive than other methods, and is the simplest way to install a gas line. However, whenever road crossings are involved, the preferred method is some form of trenchless construction.

Trenchless construction

To learn more about the different types of construction methods used in the upgrade project, watch the videos and refer to the infographic for a summary of the various stages. More detailed information is also available as part of the Open cut and trenchless construction page.

Safety first

Safety is our number one priority. We have rigorous plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the public, our natural gas system, the environment and our employees.

We have a comprehensive approach to safety, with regular inspections and maintenance. Our transmission and distribution pipeline system continues to have an excellent safety record, and we renew and upgrade our system in accordance with Canadian codes and standards.

Jobs and procurement opportunities

FortisBC wants to maximize the benefit of our projects in the community. Opportunities to create local jobs, opportunities for aboriginal communities and other local economic benefits always shape our approach to our projects.

If you’re interested in providing goods or services for any of our current projects, or for future opportunities, please complete the Contractors and Vendors form.

Rogers Avenue closure

A section of Rogers Avenue in Coquitlam will be closed due to roadwork on December 11 - 12. This work is required due to the gas line installation that took place earlier this year. Access will still be available from Leeder Street and Burbridge Street, though the closure means there will be no through traffic on Rogers Avenue. There will also be no parking on the north side of Rogers Avenue. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the road will remain closed overnight, and is anticipated to be fully reopened to traffic by the evening of December 12.

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Mundy Park construction update

As restoration work on the east side of Mundy Park nears completion, the Chilko Drive parking lot will be paved. In order for this work to happen, the parking lot will be closed from November 27 to December 4. These closures are required to ensure the safety of the public and workers during construction. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the public’s patience.

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Mariner Way fully open to traffic

Repairs to Mariner Way in Coquitlam are now complete and all lanes are open in both directions. Partial lane closures have been in effect since August 30 to ensure the safety of our employees and the public, and we appreciate the patience of residents and commuters during this period.

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Cape Horn construction update

Crews continue to drill across the United Boulevard onramp and Cape Horn Avenue. Continuous construction will allow for the best chance for pipe to be installed quickly and safely. As a result our crews may be required to work for one night between Thursday August 31st and Sunday September 3rd. Crews will also be working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday September September 3rd and Monday September 4th.

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Updated traffic advisory for Mariner Way

On the evening of August 30, during the course of construction activity on the Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade project, FortisBC detected a sinkhole beginning to form on Mariner Way south of Hickey Drive. Our contractor immediately stopped work to ensure the safety of our employees and the public. Temporary repairs are now complete and we will continue to assess the road conditions before we begin construction work again. Mariner Way is now partially open to traffic, with one lane available in either direction. We appreciate your continued patience.

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Traffic advisory for Mariner Way

On the evening of August 30, during the course of construction activity on the Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade project, FortisBC detected a sinkhole beginning to form on Mariner Way south of Hickey Drive. Our contractor immediately stopped work to ensure the safety of our employees and the public. We are currently investigating the situation and liaising with the City of Coquitlam to begin working on repairs as quickly and safely as possible. Mariner Way will be closed to traffic in both directions until it can be safely reopened and detour routes are in effect. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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United Boulevard onramp lane closure

Current construction in Coquitlam requires the closure of one lane on the United Boulevard onramp onto Lougheed Highway. Crews are working days, evenings and weekends to finish this work as quickly as possible. Please read signage on site to ensure your safety and the safety of our workers.

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Construction noise in the 13500 block of 92 Avenue, Surrey

On August 17th we encountered a construction issue as part of the trenchless crossing work that is taking place, in the 13500 block of 92 Avenue in Surrey.  During drilling, we encountered an obstruction and the pipe got stuck, and for the past few days we’ve been trying to remove the pipe. Our approach includes using a specialized piece of equipment called an air hammer. This equipment is causing a lot of noise in the surrounding areas. 

Our crews are working hard to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible. Work will continue from 8 a.m. into the evening each day, until the pipe becomes unstuck. The current noise levels will continue during that period. Once this phase of work is complete the volume will return to typical construction levels.

We greatly appreciate the patience of residents in the area. FortisBC team members are connecting with residents in the neighbourhood on a regular basis to explain the work that we are doing. If you live in the area and have questions, please contact us at 604-592-7494. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Current construction activities in Surrey

Upgrades to FortisBC’s natural gas line between Coquitlam and Surrey mean road closures at 92 Avenue and 134 Street. These closures will happen intermittently for the next three weeks.

In an effort to finish this work as quickly as possible, crews will work days, evenings and possibly overnight until work is complete.

92 Avenue and 134 Street Surrey illustration

Current construction activities in Coquitlam

Trenchless drilling is taking place at the United Boulevard loop ramp, with crews working days, evenings and weekends in order to finish work as quickly as possible. Work is anticipated to take three weeks to complete and night work may be required.

Increased activity will take place in the Mundy Creek peat bog area around Lougheed Highway and Mariana Place. Transportation and offloading of equipment and materials will occur overnight on an intermittent basis over the next two weeks, and weekend work may also be required.

Restoration work will continue on the east side of Mundy Park. While a portion of the off-leash dog park remains closed, the park will be reopened in its entirety in mid-September. As part of the restoration work, the Chilko Drive parking lot will be paved. The parking lot will be closed for two to three days in September so this work can take place.

Mundy Park illustration

Gas line construction crosses Mariner Way near Fern Terrace

Upgrades to FortisBC’s natural gas line between Coquitlam and Surrey have reached Mariner Way. Traffic along Mariner Way is reduced to one lane of single alternating traffic, due to open cut construction.

In an effort to complete this work as quickly as possible, crews will work day and night to completion. The only time work will stop will be from Saturday to Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m.  Construction is expected to take approximately one month.

Mariner Way map

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Crawley Avenue at Mariner Way

Construction will require the closure of Crawley Avenue at Mariner Way from Wednesday, June 28th to Saturday, July 1st . We are aiming to re-open the road sometime Saturday. In an effort to complete this work as quickly as possible, crews will work days, evenings and overnight through to completion. Access to Crawley Avenue will be available from Austin Avenue. Please read project signs and follow the directions of construction crews on site to ensure your safety and the safety of our workers.

Crawley Ave map

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Save-On-Foods parking lot construction: 2662 Austin Avenue (at Mariner Way)

Construction will occur evenings only, 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. in order to minimize disruption to Save-On-Foods and its customers. The work will be completed in two phases:

  • Night work begins on the north side of the parking lot starting at 7 p.m. on June 22, ending at 9 a.m. on June 29. The work area will be fenced while construction is underway, then backfilled and paved to ensure there are no uneven surfaces for pedestrians and customers.
  • Starting the week of July 3rd, our crews will move to the south side of the Save-On-Foods parking lot where we’ll be working overnight – from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. – in order to minimize disruption to Save-On-Foods and its customers. This work will continue until July 14th. Access to the parking lot will be available from Austin Avenue and Bromley Street only during this phase of construction, there will be no access to the parking lot from Mariner Way.

Save on Foods parking lot map

 

 

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Coquitlam Animal Shelter Access

Starting the week of June 12: Construction work will temporarily close Service Centre Driveway at Coquitlam Animal Shelter for one week. Access to the animal shelter is available off Austin Avenue.

Coquitlam Animal Shelter access map

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Austin Avenue & Save-On-foods parking lot construction

Construction on Austin Avenue

  • single lane traffic in both directions for a short section of Austin Avenue between Mariner Way and Bromley Street
  • night time full closures between Mariner Way and Bromley Street starting June 21, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • follow onsite signage for detour routes and the most up-to-date information as work proceedsAustin Ave
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Hickey Drive closure

Starting Monday June 5:

  • Hickey Drive will be closed between Mariner Way and Dartmoor Drive from June 5-12, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • An electronic sign at Hickey Drive will provide schedule updates.
  • Access to Hickey Drive is available from Austin Avenue.

Crawley Hickey map

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Current and upcoming construction activities in Surrey

Current Construction Activities:

  • Construction workers will be working throughout the summer at the Huntsfield strata located at 9310 King George Blvd.; typical hours of work are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please read project signs and follow the directions of construction crews on site to ensure your safety and the safety of our workers.

  • Crews have begun preparing for construction work by removing topsoil at the Chatham Lane strata complex located west of King George Highway at 13399 92nd Avenue. We will be active in the area through the summer and into fall.

  • Trenchless road crossings will occur at 100 Avenue, Fraser Hwy, 104 Avenue, 140 Street, 110 Avenue and 110A Avenue.

  • Mainline open trench construction will occur from 104 Avenue to King Road.

  • Open cut construction will occur through the Edge and Verve condo parking lot in the 13800 – 13900 block of Fraser Highway (see below).

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • King Road open cut construction
  • trenchless construction from 132 Street to 138 Street
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Current and upcoming construction activities in Coquitlam

Current Construction Activities:

  • trenchless road construction off Mariner Way, between Mara Drive and Como Lake Avenue
  • construction adjacent to Mundy Park. Off-leash dog park and parking lot partially closed until July 2017 (see more information below)
  • trenchless construction at United Blvd/Mundy Creek until July 2017
  • Rocket Way trenchless construction (see more information below)
  • Crawley Avenue open cut road construction (see more information below)
  • Austin Avenue open cut road construction
  • Save-On parking lot off Mariner Drive and Austin Avenue open cut construction
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Quibble Creek Greenway update

Access to the Quibble Creek Greenway is closed at 102 Avenue.

  • The greenway can be accessed from 102 Avenue by walking south on 139 Street and east on 101 Avenue.

Surrey construction update

Ongoing construction activities to September 2017:

  • Trenchless (underground) construction is in progress for road crossings along the existing right of way between 96 Avenue and 115 Avenue.
  • Site preparation activities are in progress along the existing right of way between 132 Street  and 138 Street.

Upcoming construction activities:

  • Traditional trench (open cut) construction will be used for the King Road crossing between McBride Drive and 116A Avenue.
  • Trenchless (underground) construction will be used for the road crossings between 132 Street and 138 Street.
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Mariner Way construction update

Ongoing construction activity:

  • Trenchless (underground) construction is in progress for the road crossings on Mariner Way between Mara Drive and Como Lake Avenue.

Upcoming construction activities:

  • Traditional trench (open cut) construction will be used to cross Hickey Drive and Crawley Avenue at Mariner Way.
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Construction update in the 13800 – 13900 block of Fraser Highway, Surrey

The visitor and over flow parking lots at the Edge and Verve condos in Surrey will close to all vehicle traffic as of Wednesday, May 24, 2017 while natural gas line construction is underway. A temporary parking lot is  accessible from Fraser Highway. This lot is lit, fenced and staffed with security guards.

Workers will be on site from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, throughout the rest of May, June and July. Crews will be following City of Surrey bylaws regarding noise and dust, trying to minimize both as much as possible. Heavy equipment, including excavators, will be operating in close proximity to the condo complexes. Homes closest to the work zone may experience some vibration.

Our crews will work as quickly as possible to return the area back to its original state. Closure dates are subject to change.

Edge and Verve map illustration

Quibble Creek Greenway

Closures

Late April – Fall 2017

  • Areas along the Quibble Creek Greenway behind Surrey Memorial Hospital will be fenced off.
  • Temporary path closures may occur.

Some temporary path closures may be required to ensure the safety of the public and our crews. We’ll make every effort to maintain access to walkways and paths linking the hospital and clinics to surrounding neighbourhoods.
 

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Construction underway between 106 Avenue and 104 Avenue in Surrey

Construction activities are underway between 106 Avenue and 104 Avenue in Surrey. The multi-use pathway connecting 106 Avenue to 140B Street will be closed until July to ensure the safety of the public and our crews. Both sides of the trail are fenced-off with signs indicating the trail is closed. If we are not active in the area and it is safe for the public to use the pathway, we will re-open it temporarily.

Surrey map

 

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Rocket Way (Planet Ice)

Rocket Way has been temporarily re-opened until the next phase of gas line construction in approximately four weeks. 

Mundy Park construction update

Temporary partial closures will occur on the east side of Mundy Park during construction.

Closures

From May – June 2017, for two to three weeks:

  • The Chilko Drive parking lot will be partially closed.

From May 1 – July 2017:

  • The off-leash dog park will be partially closed.
  • The paved community path between the dog park and Chilko Drive parking lot will be closed.

These closures are required to ensure the safety of the public and workers during construction.

The rest of the park is open

The rest of the park, including all trails and the BMX bike park, will remain open. Please use alternative parking and trail access while construction is underway. 

Mundy Park map illustration

Rocket Way (Planet Ice)

Rocket Way has been closed to accommodate project work and ensure the safety of construction crews. Access to Planet Ice is available by way of a temporary road north of Rokstad Power Inc. at 84 Golden Drive.

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Cape Horn and United Boulevard off-ramp construction

Crews are working in the Cape Horn area until October 2017, between our facility at Rogers Avenue (west of the Port Mann Bridge) and the station at Mariner Way and Spuraway Avenue.

Work includes:

  • Trenchless (underground) natural gas line construction will occur under Highway #1, Lougheed Highway and United Boulevard and Mundy Creek.
  • Night work at United Boulevard off ramp and Mundy peat bog will occur from June 1– 8.

  •  In some cases, traditional trench (open cut) construction will be necessary and temporary traffic delays may occur.
  • Lougheed Highway’s westbound curb lane is closed overnight during construction.
Cape Horn construction map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction begins

We are now upgrading our natural gas line from Surrey to Coquitlam. The 11-kilometre gas line is an integral part of our system, which serves more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

 

construction begins on Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade

Public information session in Surrey

FortisBC representatives host an information session in Surrey to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an information session in Coquitlam to discuss the project and answer questions.

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Detailed engineering studies complete

Studies completed for the three pipeline segments and for the six associated valve stations, including detailed studies of the precise pipeline alignment, design of the valve stations and development material and construction specifications.

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Early engineering studies

Studies of the general area to select a preferred route, geotechnical investigations and initial designs of the pipeline and valve stations.

Public information session in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Coquitlam to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information session in Surrey

FortisBC representatives host an initial information session in Surrey to discuss the project and answer questions.

Provincial government approval

FortisBC receives an Order in Council to proceed with upgrading the section of gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam.

Keeping you informed

We’re committed to keeping the public informed about the gas line replacement project every step of the way. For more than three years, we’ve been meeting with local landowners, businesses, Aboriginal communities and municipal government representatives in both Surrey and Coquitlam to answer questions and address feedback.

We’ll continue to communicate directly with municipalities, business owners and residents affected by the project and provide opportunities to share feedback and ask questions throughout construction.

Environmental management

We are committed to working in an ecologically sensitive manner and to the highest standards. Environmental consultants have been working with us at every stage of the project to help protect vegetation, fish and wildlife and their habitat. We’ve developed a comprehensive environmental management plan and qualified professionals are on site to monitor work during construction.

How the Surrey to Coquitlam Upgrade project is creating jobs and economic opportunities for BC

More than $28.3 million to date in committed local spending and significant benefits across the region.

Economic and employment benefits

socio-economic benefits

 

We estimate the overall capital cost of the project will be $171 million. To date, $28.3 million has been spent on this project with 120 local vendors and suppliers.

Vendors and suppliers from 12 local communities are working on the project including:

  • surveyors
  • borehole drillers
  • electrical consultants
  • traffic controllers
  • archaeological and environmental consultant

More than 6,000 hours of technical review and fieldwork was carried out on the project by local Aboriginal businesses in areas of archaeology, environment and vegetation management.

See how we're committed to hiring local businesses.

Clearing complete for project

clearing complete

Clearing the gas line right-of-way in preparation for the Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line project began in September 2016. As with all of our projects, FortisBC wants local businesses and Aboriginal communities to benefit from the economic and employment opportunities that this project will provide. Read the full story.

Get to know the project team

Meet the members of our team and learn more about the project.

Work site safety is a shared responsibility

Worley Parsons engineering

FortisBC shares a common goal with Worley Parsons, the engineering, procurement and construction management firm we’ve retained for the Surrey to Coquitlam Natural Gas Pipeline Project: a commitment to ensure that at the end of the day, all workers remain injury free and go home safely to their families. Read the full story.

Meet project manager Ian Miki

Surrey to Coquitlam gas line upgrade project manager Ian Miki has been with FortisBC (and its predecessor companies) for over 14 years. His background is in civil engineering, with several years of experience working on transportation projects. See our Q&A with Ian.

project manager Ian

Investing in our local communities

We believe in supporting organizations that help build safe and caring communities within our service areas.

Partnerships within Surrey and Coquitlam

As part of the Lower Mainland System Upgrades, we continue to raise awareness of the projects and strengthen partnerships that exist within the communities. In 2016, we invested in our local communities and provided sponsorships, including a Surrey Board of Trade event and the Coquitlam 125 Celebration community events.