VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is starting major water main upgrades to improve seismic resiliency in both the West End neighbourhood downtown and along Boundary Road bordering Burnaby.
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,” a City of Vancouver release stated.
Boundary Road upgrades began on June 11 and include rehabilitating streets and sidewalks, improving safety at the Boundary Rd and 1st Ave intersection, installing new street lighting and ducts for future fibre optics and upgrading traffic signals at the 1st Ave and Lougheed Highway intersection.
Construction will extend from the west side of Boundary Rd from E 1st Ave to Grandview Highway, and will continue until spring 2020.
After the Canada Day long weekend work a water main will also be replaced along a segment of 12th Ave.
The City of Vancouver and City of Burnaby jointly maintain the north-south arterial and are working together to mitigate commuter disruption, the release said.
Upgrades to Haro Street and Bute Street in the city’s West End will be the biggest transmission main replacement in the Vancouver water network and two kilometres of new pipe will be installed.
Construction will be mainly focused along sections of Haro and Bute streets, with smaller sections along Gilford, Robson, and Chilco streets. Work will begin at Robson St between Chilco and Gilford streets and move east, with a second phase on Bute Street in mid-2020.