VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Drivers don’t have to avoid Oak Street in Vancouver any longer as water-main work in the area has been completed, ahead of schedule.
All lanes have reopened on Oak Street and orange cones have been removed.
Daniel Roberge, with the City of Vancouver, said the project was finished a month ahead of a schedule.
“When you start excavating, sometimes you find some unwelcomed surprises. But there were none this time,” he said. “We were able to work quickly and take advantage of what significant planning that happened ahead of the job.”
All lanes open on Oak Street!
Water main upgrades are complete ahead of schedule. Initial target was "late July."
Project upgraded an old pipe and increased water capacity. pic.twitter.com/2DdYhn7Ln4
— Tim James (@_TimJames) June 30, 2020
A section closer to 64th that was required for growth in the area, that the pipe just didn’t have the capacity to supply the neighbrorhood anymore,” he said.
Having fewer vehicles on the road in the early days of the pandemic also aided the completion of the project, he added.
Roberge said if it wasn’t for the pandemic, a project like the water main could have backed up traffic across the Oak Street Bridge.
The project started in May and caused delays near the Oak Street Bridge.
A section close to 64th Avenue no longer had the capacity to supply the neighbourhood, he added.