VANCOUVER — On Jan 6, City of Vancouver engineering crew began replacing a critical water main in the city’s downtown core. The main runs along West Georgia St. between Thurlow and Howe St.
City crews will install 375 meters of water main in three phases. The new water main is expected to last 100 years, almost the same amount of time the current water main has been in service. In Sept 2019 part of the water main under the pavement of Howe and Hornby St. burst sending rocks and water to the surface and the City of Vancouver determined the old water main had reached its end of life stage.
Significant traffic delays are expected, with two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound in areas where construction is taking place. During rush hour two lanes in each direction will be maintained and “Throughout construction, traffic lanes will be opened to the travelling public as soon as it’s feasible to do so,” a City of Vancouver release stated.
Cadillac Fairview will also begin waterproofing membrane work in February along Howe Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia St. In May work will move to Georgia St. between Granville and Howe and will continue until November.
The project is estimated for completion by April 2020. In 2019 the city replaced 9.6 km of water pipes and an estimated 13.4 km of water main will be replaced in 2020.