Vancouver drivers will have another set of delays to plan their daily commute around as a full closure for East 1st Avenue construction begins today.
The work is part of Fortis BC’s project to replace a natural gas line in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam, which began in late May and is expected to carry through into late 2019.
The 20-km-long construction project runs through three municipalities and will replace a 20-inch diameter gas line with a new 30-inch line.
Cut-and-cover trench construction on the roadway is required to install the new line, although major intersections will be trenchless – to keep traffic moving – as the construction method for these areas will involve digging an underground tunnel and then pushing the gas line through.
From Tuesday, July 3 to the end of August 2018, East 1st Avenue will be closed from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street.
Traffic on East 1st from Nanaimo Street to Rupert Street has also been reduced to one lane in each direction, however, the partial road closure is only expected to take place until the end of July.
Additional closures also begin today on Graveley Street from Valiant Street to Boundary Road and Woodland Drive from East 1st Avenue to East 2nd Avenue.
For more information and a full list of road closures you can visit Fortis BC’s website.
With files from Kenneth Chan