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We constantly monitor our infrastructure to make sure it’s operating as efficiently as possible. Part of our regular maintenance includes making upgrades to our natural gas lines and managing vegetation to ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

 

 Columbia – Kootenay

 
Christina Lake

​As part of maintaining a safe, reliable system, FortisBC is undertaking $1.5 million upgrade and repair project in Christina Lake from May 1 to June 30 along Hwy 3, East Lake Drive and multiple locations within the community.

By combining these projects and concentrating the work over a short period of time, we will complete the work quickly and minimize future disruptions. We will bring in crews from all areas of our electric service area for the duration of the project and will have three to four crews working at once, 10 hours per day on weekdays and alternating weekends.

We are working under the direction of the Ministry of Transportation to manage traffic impacts along Hwy 3. Right now, this includes:

  • Ensuring there is a minimum of two lanes of traffic on Hwy 3 between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Scheduling any road closure overnight.

Our intent is to complete all construction by June 30. In the event of unexpected delays, any work that is not completed by that time will be suspended and rescheduled to September.

We recognize the inconvenience and thank the public for their understanding; we are working to keep the community informed of construction activity. We are asking drivers to avoid construction areas if possible so that work can be completed as quickly and safely as possible, and if they are in the area, to watch for and follow the instructions on the construction signage.

Some of the work could result in planned power outages. Any impacted customers will be given ample notice. FortisBC crew members or contractors working on behalf of FortisBC may visit your property to discuss service interruptions or access to infrastructure.

If anyone comes to your property claiming to be from FortisBC for other reasons, or if you have questions or concerns, you can contact FortisBC at 1-866-436-7847.

Grand Forks

​To make sure the natural gas system in the Kootenay-Boundary region continues to operate safely reliably for decades to come and meets modern code standards, we are upgrading a four-kilometre natural gas service line in the Grand Forks area from July to October 2016.

Most construction will take place in July and August along an existing natural gas right-of-way between Almond Gardens Road at Kerby Road and Como Road by Cameron Avenue. This work could result in some traffic interruptions. We appreciate the public’s patience and ask that drivers stay alert for construction signs and flaggers in this area.

In October, the public may encounter the smell of rotten eggs, as the new section of pipe is tied into the existing system.

For more information about this project, please contact us at 1-800-773-7001.

Sparwood

​We are placing additional ground cover on approximately 80 metres of lateral natural gas line, including a section that crosses beneath the Elk River. The actual construction involves carefully placing natural materials such as rocks, boulders and soil over the line. When complete, there will be a smooth, uniform bump well below the water line.

The work will take six to eight weeks, starting August 8.

This is a routine part of the work we do to maintain the natural gas system around BC’s many rivers and forests.

We appreciate the public’s patience as we complete construction. We are asking recreational users to avoid the area so we can complete the work as quickly and safely as possible, and if they are in the area, to watch for and follow the instructions on the construction signage.

For more information, call 1-888-224-2710.

 

 Interior and Okanagan

 
Kelowna

Highway 97 widening project

To help support growth in the Okanagan and make an important traffic corridor safer and more efficient, we’re putting our energy to work in Kelowna on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Highway 97 widening project, a project that also allows us to improve system reliability in the region.

We’ll be contributing in two phases: first, moving a transmission line so the widening work can begin and second, converting four kilometres of overhead distribution line to a safer, more reliable underground line.  This will be the largest overhead to underground conversion project to date in our service area.

Work on the transmission line between Edwards Road and Sexsmith Road is underway now and will continue until mid-May. We will begin construction on the distribution line between Sexsmith Road and Highway 33 this summer and complete the work in early 2017.

We’re working closely with the Ministry and their contractor to complete the project as safely and quickly as possible and to minimize disruptions to the public.

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

There’s a lot happening in 2017 on our Lower Mainland System Upgrade projects. Select your city below to read an overview of what’s going on in your community.

If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Burnaby

Vancouver to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: 2018

  • In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Pre-construction activities: 2017

February 1 to March 15
  • We’re clearing vegetation along an existing right-of-way on Broadway from Production Way to Underhill Avenue in Burnaby to prepare for natural gas line construction. The clearing work is required to extend culverts on three streams along the route and to provide safe access for workers and equipment when construction begins.
  • The section of Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail that runs between Production Way and Underhill Avenue will be temporarily closed at this time as a safety precaution. The trail will re-open March 16 and will remain open until the summer, when further closures will be required for additional vegetation clearing activities.

Get more information about this project, pre-construction activities and trail closure updates.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Chilliwack

Updated on February 24​
As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Vedder Bridge Replacement project, FortisBC will relocate the natural gas main located beneath the Vedder Bridge to the new bridge and upgrade the line from 4-inch to 8-inch main. As a result of this work, customers in the Cultus Lake area will have increased capacity and be assured of continued safe and reliable service.

This is a routine part of the work we do to maintain and improve the natural gas system in communities around B.C and by timing the work with the City’s Vedder Bridge project, we reduce the overall cost and disruptions.

The first phase of construction will start in early March for a couple weeks. The work will happen weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There may be intermittent traffic impacts during periods of construction. The second phase is expected to be in May.

FortisBC is working closely with the City of Chilliwack and the site contractor to coordinate construction efforts and minimize traffic impacts.

For more information about the Vedder Bridge project, visit chilliwack.com/vedderbridge

For more information about this project, please contact us at 1-888-224-2710.

Powell River

​To improve reliability of service to our customers, FortisBC is constructing a new regulating station at 7150 Joyce Ave.

The new station will provide the appropriate pressure for customers to be served directly from the station. As a result of this improvement, we can remove two existing stations located at the intersections of Yukon Avenue and Cassiar Street, and Joyce Avenue and Kiwanis Avenue in 2018.

Construction will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and is proposed to begin in April 2017. Construction will take approximately eight weeks and be completed around June 29.

We are working closely with the City of Powell River to coordinate construction efforts, conduct the work safely and quickly and minimize disruptions for the public. During periods of construction, there may be traffic impacts in the area. Flag persons will safely direct vehicles and pedestrians while work is in progress.

FortisBC does not anticipate any service disruptions to customers.

Surrey and Coquitlam

Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: 2017

  • We’re upgrading approximately 11 kilometres of natural gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam so we can increase its capacity, keep up with growing demand and continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.
  • We’re adding a backup line that will run alongside the existing natural gas line, in the same Surrey to Coquitlam corridor.
  • Construction began in February, and will continue throughout the year. Lane closures may be necessary during construction, and traffic delays may occur. We’ll provide you with regular construction activity updates so you know when and where we’ll be working along the Surrey to Coquitlam corridor, and you can plan your route in advance.

Get more information about this project, construction activities and lane closures.

Vancouver to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: 2018

  • In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replacedn 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Get more information about this project.

If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Vancouver

Vancouver to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: 2018

  • In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.
  • We’ll also replace about 300 metres of natural gas line between our Fraser Station and East Kent Avenue and Elliott Street in South Vancouver to provide additional seismic resistance.
  • In July 2017, we’ll begin construction of approximately 67 metres of natural gas line through a private property in the City of Vancouver west of Boundary Road. Construction will be completed by September.

Get more information about this project.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

 

 Vancouver Island

 
Victoria

To ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas, FortisBC is working to upgrade the regulating station located at Jubilee Street in Victoria from now until September 30, 2016.

If you’re in the area, please be aware of the work site and movement of equipment. There may be minor interruptions to traffic as equipment and material are delivered to the site. FortisBC and contract crews are working to minimize interruptions and complete the work as safely and quickly as possible.

Public may notice the smell of natural gas (a rotten-egg like odour) as some venting work is scheduled for August 15, 16 and September 8 for 15 about minutes each time.

For more information, call 1-888-224-2710.