1st Avenue reopened to traffic as gas line upgrades near completion in Vancouver

August 30 2018 City and FortisBC thank residents and commuters for their patience

“We want to thank the community for their input and cooperation, which has helped us complete this work safely and efficiently,” says Mike Leclair, FortisBC’s vice-president, major projects

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1st Avenue from Nanaimo Street to Clark Drive fully reopened to traffic this afternoon as FortisBC completes their work in the area as part of their Gas Line Upgrades. 

“We recognize that the full closure has been an inconvenience for residents and commuters – it’s work that FortisBC had to get done,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering Services. “We’re very appreciative to their team for an early opening, as well as to all residents, businesses, and commuters for their patience and understanding during this work.”

After partial lane closures that began in May, the segment of 1st Avenue from Rupert to Nanaimo Street reopened on August 26.

Today, in time for the long weekend and start of the school year, Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street is once again open to traffic following the full summer closure.

FortisBC will continue periodic work from Rupert to Nanaimo Street until early September, with ongoing lane closures near the Highway #1 overpass that are expected to wrap up  in early fall.  

“Recognizing that urban infrastructure projects like this one impact the community, we planned our work to minimize the length of the closure and challenges for commuters, residents and businesses,” says Mike Leclair, FortisBC’s vice-president, major projects. “We want to thank the community for their input and cooperation, which has helped us complete this work safely and efficiently.”  

Ongoing monitoring of traffic calming 

During construction, the City worked with FortisBC to install several temporary traffic calming measures throughout the Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview- Woodland neighbourhoods. These measures were timed with the gas line construction to help reduce additional short-cutting on local streets.

Some of these temporary measures will remain in place as traffic patterns stabilize following the Vancouver portion of the gas line upgrades, and as work continues near Highway#1 and in Burnaby. This will provide the opportunity to gather data and assess whether the closures could provide any ongoing benefit for residents. 

Once assessment is complete, the City will reach out to the community with more information and options. 

Background

In October 2015, the BC Utilities Commission granted FortisBC approval to replace their natural gas line in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam, as the existing line is nearing the end of its useful life. 

FortisBC and the City worked collaboratively to ensure a traffic management approach which supported movement throughout the city, enabled FortisBC and its contractors to complete work safely and effectively, while minimizing impacts on residents.