Work resumes upgrading FortisBC's natural gas line in February – with construction coming to east Burnaby and Coquitlam.
FortisBC is upgrading 20 kilometres of gas line between Vancouver to Coquitlam to ensure more than 210,000 Lower Mainland homes and businesses continue to receive the natural gas they count on every day.
Work started last year in Vancouver and Burnaby, and in 2019 the project will move east with construction on Lougheed Highway and Broadway in Burnaby and on Como Lake Avenue in Coquitlam.
“We understand it can be disruptive to have a major construction project in your neighbourhood, which is why our goal is to complete work safely and as quickly as possible,” said Doug Stout, vice-president, market development and external relations, FortisBC. “We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, both so far and as we complete construction this year.”
The gas line upgrade between Vancouver to Coquitlam is scheduled to be completed in 2019, with 12 kilometres of new gas line being built and roads along the project route facing disruptions during construction. The community can stay informed, including on traffic, through the project website TalkingEnergy.ca.
FortisBC will also continue engaging directly with the community throughout the year, including public information sessions on February 5 in Coquitlam and February 12 in Burnaby.
“We were on the ground engaging directly with residents and businesses to minimize disruptions to local neighbourhoods and traffic last year,” said Stout. “And we look forward to being out in the community providing that same support again in 2019.”
The gas line being upgraded is nearing the end of its operational life after serving the community for 60 years.
A total of 8 kilometres of new line was built in Vancouver and Burnaby in 2018, including on East 1st Avenue which re-opened on schedule at the end of August. Natural gas facilities on Woodland Drive in Vancouver and Mariner Way in Coquitlam are also being upgraded as part of the project.
Source: Company Press Release