Construction crews working on a water main

West Georgia water main replacement to begin on Jan 6, 2020

December 11 2019 –

As the City continues its key role in maintaining the essential infrastructure we all depend on daily, engineering crews will begin construction on January 6, 2020 to replace a critical water main along West Georgia St. Completion of the project is anticipated for mid-April 2020. 

Installed almost 100 years ago, the water main has reached the end of its service life and has a history of recent breaks. The most recent break occurred this morning.

The replacement project involves replacing 375 metres of aging water main and sewer infrastructure in three phases from Howe to Thurlow streets. The new water main will last about 100 years and contribute to a more seismically resilient water network. 
 
To minimize the public impact, construction is also being coordinated with urgent sewer connection upgrades to the Vancouver Art Gallery in the same work area.

Traffic impacts

To complete the work, a minimum of three traffic lanes will be maintained in areas where construction is occurring: two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound.  During rushes, two lanes in each direction will normally be maintained. Commuters should expect significant delays along the Georgia corridor in each direction and plan ahead.

Throughout construction, traffic lanes will be opened to the travelling public as soon as it’s  feasible to do so.

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Background information

  • The City has 1,489 km of water pipes valued at $2.4 billion. 
  • In 2019, the City replaced 9.6 km of water pipes.
  • To address pipe deterioration, the replacement rate is increasing from 0.5% annually to 0.7%. 
  • In 2020, the City will replace 13.4 km of water main, including upgrades that support growth.