Road construction

Major water upgrades begin across city streets

Boundary Road and the West End part of improving seismic resiliency

June 11 2019 –

As we continue our key role in maintaining the essential infrastructure we all depend on daily, construction will be underway to upgrade various water mains throughout our streets.    

As part of two major capital projects along Boundary Rd and another in the West End, the new water mains will contribute to a more seismically resilient water network and have a life expectancy of about 100 years. With new pipes that will have individually-restrained joints, the network will have flexibility to respond as one continuous section in a seismic event. 

Work along Boundary Road kicks off today, with the Haro and Bute Street Upgrades in the West End set to begin next month. As examples of coordinated planning, construction will also include upgrades to additional assets to minimize longer-term disruptions for commuters and the neighbourhoods. 

12th Avenue water main replacement

Also in July following the Canada Day long weekend, we will begin urgent work to replace a water main along a segment of 12th Ave.

The replacement will require a four-block road closure of 12th Ave from Kingsway to Fraser St for approximately two months to ensure safety and timely completion. 

Sidewalk detours will be in effect, and commuters are encouraged to use an alternate east-west arterial during this four-block closure of W 12th Ave.

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Boundary Road Upgrades

Construction will be underway along the west side of Boundary Rd from E 1st Ave to Grandview Highway until spring 2020. Work to replace the existing water main that was built in the 1950s is also being coordinated with:

  • Rehabilitating streets and sidewalks 
  • Improving safety at the Boundary Rd and 1st Ave intersection
  • Upgrading traffic signals at the 1st Ave and Lougheed Highway intersection
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Installing new ducts for future fibre optics 

Crews will begin work near Lougheed Highway and generally progress south towards Grandview Highway.

This key north-south arterial is jointly maintained by the City of Vancouver and the City of Burnaby, and the two municipalities are working together to mitigate disruptions for commuters: at least one lane will be maintained for southbound traffic throughout construction. Other impacts will be limited to sidewalk detours and parking restrictions during required work hours only. 

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Haro and Bute Street Upgrades

The Haro and Bute Street Upgrades will mark the largest transmission main replacement to the city’s water network. The existing water main is a critical feed to downtown and dates back to the early 1900s. These upgrades will help serve a growing neighbourhood with a larger-capacity system with the installation of over two kilometres of new pipe. 

We will also be making safety improvements at key intersections for all modes of travel with construction anticipated for full completion in summer 2020. 

Construction in the West End is mainly focused along sections of Haro and Bute streets, with smaller sections along Gilford, Robson, and Chilco streets. The first phase of work will begin at Robson St between Chilco and Gilford streets and progress east, with the second phase scheduled along Bute St as of mid-2020. 

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Thank you to all residents, businesses and commuters during these water infrastructure upgrades.

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