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More Fortis BC work will temporarily close major roads

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Fortis BC upgrades are leading to a few more road closures in Vancouver this summer

Drivers be warned of more traffic tie-ups due to Fortis BC gasline upgrades in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – First it was a big section of East 1st Avenue in Vancouver, soon it will be a stretch of Lougheed Highway in Burnaby and next up it will be a section of Victoria Drive being impacted by crews doing gasline upgrades for Fortis BC.

The company says as construction continues, the work will lead to the full shut down of the intersection of Victoria Drive and East 1st Avenue from Aug. 11 to 15. The two-block closure from Graveley Street to East 2nd Avenue will help them work towards re-opening another portion of East 1st Ave. which is currently closed from Nanaimo Street to Clark Drive.

This latest project will mean:

  • Other major north-south routes like Clark, Commercial, Nanaimo, Renfrew, Rupert and Boundary will remain open
  • If you bike or walk, you can still cross East 1st Avenue at Victoria Drive, in addition to the existing cycling detours that include Lakewood Drive
  • Hours will be extended, including possible overnight work, so the Victoria Drive intersection can be re-opened by Aug. 16


Meantime, another area in Vancouver will see some work on East 1st Avenue from Rupert Avenue to just west of Boundary Road. That will begin on Aug. 7 and last until early September.

Here’s what you need to know if you drive in that area.

  • Eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane, with no westbound lane closures
  • Drivers will not be able to access the westbound Highway 1 on-ramp, instead take the detour to the Hastings on-ramp via Boundary
  • Anyone heading westbound on East 1st can continue to access the westbound Highway 1 on-ramp as they would normally


Work will get underway on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby on Aug. 9.

  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Delta Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • Bicycle lanes on Lougheed Highway will be closed and the westbound cyclist detour will begin at Holdom Avenue, and the eastbound detour will begin at Gilmore Avenue


If you have questions about the work, you can call the Fortis BC project phone line at 604.592.7494.

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