Planned construction projects for Vancouver. Green are underway, yellow kick off in March and April, red begin after May.
Spring is on the way – and with it, construction season.
And while the spring and summer months are always tough on motorists, it looks like things could be worse than usual this year.
The city has several big ticket infrastructure projects on the books – and is trying to get the word out early to avoid commuter chaos.
Pender Street water main replacement
A prior phase of this job has just wrapped and crews are now on to phase two of tearing out 100 year old water mains, which will start after the annual Lunar New Year parade.
The work shouldn’t cut off access to businesses or homes, though some parking will be disrupted.
One Eastbound lane will be open to traffic, but Westbound traffic will be closed.
This one is the doozie, and will come with the biggest impact to drivers.
Beginning in March, and running for the next year and a half, the city will be upgrading road and infrastructure along Burrard St. from Davie street downtown all the way to 16th avenue.
Work is being done to upgrade car, pedestrian, and cycle connections in the accident prone intersection at the Northern mouth of the Burrard Bridge, as well as providing structural rehabilitation to the bridge itself.
Concurrently, the city is also upgrading the sewer and water main along Burrard from Davie to Beach avenue.
Finally, Burrard will see water and sewer main upgrades, along with sidewalk and road resurfacing on the South side of the bridge, from Cornwall to 17th avenue.
That work will come with a series of rolling road closures (see the map above for specifics).
Southwest Marine drive infrastructure upgrades
Work begins on a five and a half kilometer stretch of Southwest Marine, beginning at Granville Street and running just shy of the UBC endowment lands this May.
The core element of the work will be to widen an existing bike lane to 1.8 meters, and create a painted buffer between it and traffic.
While crews conduct the work, they will also be upgrading water and sewer infrastructure along the route that is nearing the end of its life.