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Sewer separation and street work along SW Marine Drive now complete

September 1 2017 Arterial to be reopened to vehicle and truck traffic

"We appreciate residents’ and commuters' patience this summer so City crews could work around the clock to complete this important work that will make this arterial safer for all road users."

SW Marine Drive near the end of upgrade work

Work on Southwest Marine Drive to separate sewer mains, increase its capacity of as part of the region’s Major Road Network, and enhance the safety of people driving, walking, and cycling is now complete.

As of 4:00pm today, the street will be cleared of construction with all lanes fully reopened to vehicle and truck traffic. 

"It's fantastic to see driving, cycling, and walking improvements along Southwest Marine Drive complete before Labour Day – for faster, easier commutes as people go back to school and work," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "We appreciate residents’ and commuters' patience this summer so City crews could work around the clock to complete this important work that will make this arterial safer for all road users."

Improvements

Notable improvements to the sewer and street infrastructure on Southwest Marine Drive, from Granville to Camosun Street, include:

  • Separated sanitary and storm sewers to reduce flooding risk and increase system capacity
  • Upgrades to the waterworks in the Musqueam Lands west of Camosun Street
  • Traffic signal enhancements at the intersections of W 41st, W 49th, W 57th, Dunbar, and Blenheim Streets
  • Separated lanes between people driving and cycling to ensure comfort and safety
  • Street rehabilitation, new sidewalks, and a re-paved road surface

Minimizing impacts to public

Project construction was phased over the course of two summers to undertake upgrades when traffic volumes along Southwest Marine Drive are at their lowest in order to minimize impacts on commuters. 

The City incorporated stakeholder feedback from last year’s phase of work to create a more sophisticated solution for residents and businesses commuting within the area during the four-month road closure. Each residence and business within the high-impact area was provided with custom vehicle decals to ensure ease of access. 

This project is an example of coordinated planning to minimize public impacts over the long term — particularly on arterial routes — by simultaneously upgrading or renewing multiple infrastructure systems, and was supported by TransLink’s Major Road Network funding program. 

The City extends its thanks to residents, businesses, and travelers for their patience while this critical work was underway.

Learn more about the upgrades