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10 blocks of East 1st Avenue will be fully closed for construction this summer

Kenneth Chan Apr 05, 2018 11:54 am 4,578

One of the major vehicle routes into downtown Vancouver will be completely closed this summer to allow for the replacement of an ageing trunk of the natural gas line.

FortisBC says the 10-block span of East 1st Avenue between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street will be fully closed from mid-June to August 31.

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.

East 1st Avenue Closure 2018

East 1st Avenue between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street will be fully closed summer 2018. (FortisBC)

There will also be additional partial road closures on East 1st Avenue between Nanaimo Street and Boundary Road starting this spring.

It is all part of a 20-km-long construction project running through three municipalities to replace a 20-inch diameter gas line with a new 30-inch line.

Further construction will also be happening in Burnaby from Boundary Road along Graveley Street to Douglas Road and down to Lougheed Highway. It will continue along Lougheed Highway to Bainbridge Avenue, then continue on Broadway to Gaglardy Way and North Road.

And in Coquitlam, the line will run along Como Lake Avenue from North Road to the FortisBC facility at Spuraway Avenue near Mariner Way.

FortisBC new natural gas line Vancouver

The route of FortisBC’s new natural gas line across Metro Vancouver. (FortisBC)

According to FortisBC, the existing line built in the 1950s is nearing the end of its lifespan and upgrades are needed to avoid any potential safety issues.

Construction on the entire stretch will be fully complete by late 2019.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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