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Haro and Bute Infrastructure Upgrades

We’re upgrading critical water infrastructure and improving safety for all users along sections of Haro, Bute, Denman, Gilford, and Chilco streets. 

Work includes replacing the existing water main below Haro and Bute with a larger-capacity system. This new water main will have a life expectancy of about 100 years to help serve this growing neighbourhood while also improving the system’s seismic resiliency. 

We’re also coordinating street upgrades to improve safety for people walking, driving, and cycling, including improvements to the Haro Street Bikeway. 

What's happening

Haro Street Bikeway final design

Our final phase of public and stakeholder engagement was completed in late 2019. Through the engagement process we learned a lot about how walking, cycling, and rolling can be improved along Haro St. A final design has now been selected that incorporates public feedback. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the public consultation process.

Water work that could impact you

Between late September 2020 and January 2021, you may occasionally notice cloudy water coming out of your tap while crews complete water-main tie-ins. Let your cold water tap run for approximately 10 minutes or until water is back to its normal colour.

Cloudy water is safe and is a common occurrence during water-main replacement work. Find more information on water quality and pressure

Water infrastructure upgrades

Crews are undertaking remediation work and the installation of a distribution main on Gilford St from Robson St to Haro St. This work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Gilford mini-park improvements

Gilford mini-park improvements are scheduled to start in early 2021 (following the completion of the water infrastructure upgrades) and are expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.



Watermain work will primarily take place along Haro and Bute streets.


Watermain construction is scheduled in two phases from spring 2019 to late summer 2021:

  • Phase 1: Haro St from Chilco to Thurlow streets
  • Phase 2: Bute St from Haro to W Pender streets

As an example of coordinated planning, this work is upgrading multiple infrastructure assets to minimize longer-term disruptions.

Work hours

Monday to Friday: 7am to 5:30pm, extended hours as needed

Weekends: as needed


How this project may affect you

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Emma Mendoza
Community Liaison

Bikeway timeline

  • 2005

    Haro Street bikeway approved by Council

  • Summer 2012

    Signage and paint installed on Haro St

  • Fall 2012

    Transportation 2040 plan approved by Council

  • Fall 2013

    West End Community Plan approved by Council

  • Summer 2019

    Stakeholder meetings

    Meetings with stakeholders along Haro St to learn how they use the street and identify issues to consider or address in the street design

  • Fall 2019

    Public consultation

    Reach out to the community for input on design options to inform the final street design

  • Fall 2019 - winter 2020

    Respond to feedback and revise design

    Design refined based on public feedback

  • We are here
  • 2021

    Make changes to the street


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