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Vancouver road reopens as gas line upgrade reaches completion

JOC News Service
Vancouver road reopens as gas line upgrade reaches completion

VANCOUVER — A busy east Vancouver road is back in business.

Gas line upgrades are near completion and 1st Ave from Nanaimo Street to Clark Drive fully reopened to traffic as of Aug. 30.

Partial lane closures began in May and the segment of 1st Ave from Rupert to Nanaimo Street reopened on Aug. 26.

FortisBC will continue with periodic work from Rupert to Nanaimo Street until early September with lane closures near the #1 overpass.

“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. We want to thank the community for their input and co-operation, which has helped us complete this work safely and efficiently,” said FortisBC major projects vice-president Mike Leclair in a statement.

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

“We recognize that the full closure has been an inconvenience for residents and commuters – it’s work that FortisBC had to get done. 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,” City of Vancouver general manager of engineering services Jerry Dobrovolny added. 

During construction FortisBC and the City of Vancouver used several temporary traffic calming measures in the Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland neighbourhoods, timed with gas line construction to help reduce shortcutting on local streets. Some of the measures will remain in place as traffic patterns stabilize and as work continues in Burnaby and near Highway #1, in order to gather data and assess whether closures are of ongoing benefit to residents.

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