Intersection on Oak Street

Critical water main replacement work starts Monday on Oak Street

May 8 2020 –

Starting Monday, May 11, 2020, City crews will begin installing a new water main on Oak Street between 71st and 64th avenues. Lanes will be reduced along these blocks until the project is completed by end of July 2020.

The work is required to replace an aging water main and increase fire protection capacity in the area. 

The City will begin construction by installing east/west pipes across Oak Street between 64th and 70th avenues. This work will support several new fire hydrants and will occur between May 11 and 25.

The City will then initiate the full water main construction (east side of Oak Street) starting on Monday, May 25, 2020 and continuing until the end of July. 

Commuters can expect delays

The City asks motorists to plan ahead and consider alternate river crossings such as the Arthur Laing Bridge and the Knight Street Bridge.

The City and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will carefully monitor traffic conditions on the Oak Street Bridge and major roads in the area. The City will work to mitigate the effect of any increase in traffic volume that may occur as restrictions from COVID-19 are eased.

In total, the City will install 720 metres of water main.

Traffic impacts

From May 11 to 25, a maximum of three traffic lanes on Oak Street in each direction will be closed in areas where construction is occurring. Two lanes northbound will be open at all times.

From May 25 to late July:

  • A maximum of two traffic lanes will be closed in areas where construction is occurring: two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound will be open.
  • Temporary removal of two truck turns from 70th Avenue to north bound Oak Street. 

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The section of work between 64th and 67th avenues includes water main upgrades in the area as part of the Cambie Corridor and Marpole Community plans.  This section will be funded by utility development cost levies (UDCL).

The water main replacement between 67th to 71st avenues is part of the City’s water distribution main renewal campaign and is being accelerated while traffic volume is lower due to COVID-19, which will result in cost savings to the City.

The provincial health officer has deemed construction and infrastructure upgrades an essential service during the pandemic.