11.17.18 / Community

Gas line construction done for 2018

Lougheed Highway in Burnaby fully reopened to traffic this week—marking the completion of 2018 construction on our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project.

Sections of the 3.5-kilometre stretch of highway between Madison and Sperling avenues have been reduced to a single lane in each direction since early August, as part of an upgrade to 20 kilometres of gas line running through Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam.

The upgrade—one of the largest urban infrastructure projects ever undertaken by FortisBC—will strengthen our natural gas system, which serves more than 210,000 customers in the Lower Mainland.

“We’ve really appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding so far,” said Art Kanzaki, project director, FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades.

“We understand what it can be like to have a major infrastructure project in your neighbourhood, which is why we’re working hard to complete these upgrades safely, and as quickly as possible.”

FortisBC Upgrades map

Construction on the upgrades started this year on East 1st Avenue in Vancouver and progressed as far east as the intersection of Sperling Avenue and Lougheed Highway, with more than eight kilometres of gas line installed from May to November. This included 3.8 kilometres in Vancouver and 4.4 kilometres in Burnaby.

Most of the new gas line built in 2018 was along East 1st Avenue in Vancouver and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby.

FortisBC teams on the ground have talked to more than 4,000 people along the route so far to make sure they were informed and had the opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns.

“My team and I are committed to working one-on-one with businesses and residents on practical ways to minimize disruption during construction,” said Blake Mansbridge, community relations manager, FortisBC.

“Often it only takes a small change to make a big difference, like moving a worksite fence back to create room for delivery vehicles to turnaround or helping businesses with signs to let customers know they are open.”

This direct community engagement is being supported by an outreach campaign, helping communities across the Lower Mainland stay informed.

Construction has now largely been completed in Vancouver, with work on a new station on Woodland Drive and connecting the new gas line at Graveley Street still ongoing.

In Burnaby and Coquitlam, construction will resume in 2019 and is scheduled to finish by year’s end.

To stay up to date on the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project as it progresses, visit our Talking Energy project page.

You can also contact us at 604-592-7494 or if you have a question or want to know more.