​Project Overview


The New Westminster Interceptor is a large pressurized sewer pipe that carries wastewater collected throughout the Metro Vancouver region to the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in the City of Delta. To ensure continued protection of public health and the environment, this aging pipe needs to be repaired.

Construction will take place along Columbia Street from Front Street to McBride Boulevard. Crews will begin construction for the most vulnerable section of pipe extending from Front Street to Blackwood Street in mid-summer 2021. Work for this section is expected to last approximately six months.

  Location: Columbia Street, from Front Street to McBride Boulevard, City of New Westminster


 Maps & Schedule

 

 

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  • Project Activities

    Construction impacts associated with this work will include:

    • Traffic pattern changes, detours, and delays
    • Temporary lane closures along Columbia Street
    • Parking restrictions
    • Temporary traffic increases around construction areas
    • Occasional temporary odour
    • Noise
  • Traffic and Access

    Though vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian traffic, and parking access along Columbia Street will be affected, please note that traffic along Columbia Street will be maintained during construction. There may be intermittent lane closures and parking restrictions in effect as construction proceeds. Residents and businesses will be notified in advance about specific impacts as the project progresses.

    Motorists and cyclists are advised to use alternate routes and follow the direction of signage and traffic control personnel.

  • Hours of Work

    Work will generally occur from Monday to Saturday, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Crews will make efforts to complete the work in a timely manner and to reduce impacts to local residents and businesses. There may be times when crews will be required to work extended hours to complete specific tasks and stay on schedule. All work will comply with City of New Westminster bylaws or granted bylaw variances.

  • Community Engagement

    A Community Liaison has been assigned to this project to meet with business owners, residents, and members of the community to discuss the project impacts, compile feedback, and be available by phone or email to address any questions or concerns.

    Metro Vancouver is working closely with the surrounding community and the City of New Westminster to ensure concerns and interests are considered.

    March 2021 Feedback Summary from Downtown Businesses – What We Heard

 

 

Project Overview Project Overview <div class="ExternalClassBFA7FE9BBA26499C8E7202B52F13C8F1"><p>​To ensure continued protection of public health and the environment, Metro Vancouver is planning to replace a section of the existing sewer pipe that runs underneath Columbia Street in the City of New Westminster called the New Westminster Interceptor. This aging pipe was built over 50 years ago and is in urgent need of repair.</p><p>Construction will take place along Columbia Street from Front Street to McBride Boulevard in sections. Crews will begin construction for the most vulnerable section of pipe extending from Front Street to Blackwood Street in mid-summer 2021. Work is expected to take approximately six months to complete.<br></p><p><a href="/services/liquid-waste/construction-maintenance/new-westminster-interceptor/PublishingImages/ColumbiaStreetRepairMap.jpg" data-lightbox="Columbia Street Repair Map"> <img src="/services/liquid-waste/construction-maintenance/new-westminster-interceptor/PublishingImages/ColumbiaStreetRepairMap.jpg" alt="Columbia Street Repair" /></a> </p></div>#97957e
Schedule and Hours of WorkSchedule and Hours of Work<div class="ExternalClassB936FB3EB0B1457DACE6AB9E29211CB2"><h4>Estimated Construction Schedule </h4><p> <strong>Location: </strong>Front Street to Blackwood Street</p><p> <strong>Timeline: </strong>Mid-Summer 2021 – Early 2022   <br>Any outstanding work within this section will be completed at a later date in coordination with the City of New Westminster and the future Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project (PBR).</p><p> <strong>Location: </strong>Blackwood Street to McBride Boulevard</p><p> <strong>Timeline:</strong> To be coordinated with upcoming PBR works</p><h4>Hours of Work</h4><p>Work will generally occur from Monday to Saturday, between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There may be times when crews will be required to work extended hours to complete specific tasks and stay on schedule.</p><p>All work will comply with City of New Westminster bylaws or granted bylaw variances. <br></p></div>#97957e
Traffic ImpactsTraffic Impacts<div class="ExternalClassEF3929AD166A41BCA6F8045D86A93F8F"><p>​This necessary repair work will affect vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic along Columbia Street. Though pedestrian access, bike lanes, and traffic will be maintained as much as possible, there will be intermittent lane closures and temporary parking restrictions within and near the work zones. Please follow the direction of signage and traffic control personnel and use extra caution when travelling or walking in the area.</p><p>Metro Vancouver will provide more details about specific traffic impacts as construction proceeds. </p><p><br></p></div>#97957e
Minimizing Construction ImpactsMinimizing Construction Impacts<div class="ExternalClass864FF51890574AD0BE480DA504EA6E67"><p>​Metro Vancouver is committed to minimizing the impacts to traffic and access during construction of this necessary sewer repair project.</p><ul><li><strong>Vehicle Access: </strong>There will be intermittent lane closures and temporary traffic pattern changes in effect along Columbia Street during construction. Businesses and residents will be notified about specific traffic impacts as the project progresses. Drivers are asked to expect delays and congestion, use alternate routes where possible, and to follow the direction of signage and traffic control personnel within the work zones</li><li><strong>Parking: </strong>On-street parking will be maintained as much as possible. There may be restrictions to street parking in the vicinity of the work zones during construction</li><li><strong>Bike Lanes: </strong>Bike lane access and routes will be maintained as much as possible; however, there may be temporary detours in effect near the work zones during construction. Detours will be clearly marked and posted in advance. Please follow the direction of signage and use extra caution in the work zones<br></li><li><strong>Business Access:</strong> Access to businesses will be maintained during construction. If construction activities temporarily block access to a driveway or road, businesses will be notified in advance</li><li><strong>Pedestrian Access:</strong> Access to sidewalks and the New Westminster Pier Park will generally be maintained during construction. Sidewalks and crosswalks may be closed for brief periods of time; detour routes will be place, please follow the direction of signage</li><li><strong>Bus: </strong> Bus routes in the work zones may be affected by traffic delays or temporary detours. Temporary detours will be clearly marked and posted in advance<br></li></ul></div>#97957e
Our Commitment to YouOur Commitment to You<div class="ExternalClass6F410E4F455F4B74AAAAF570CE68488D"><p>​While this is an urgent sewer repair project that requires immediate action, Metro Vancouver is committed to working closely with our government partners, businesses, and the local community throughout this project. As part of our commitment, we will:</p><ul><li>Continue to provide opportunities for the community to share their input</li><li>Continue to work with the Downtown New West Business Improvement Association (BIA) and affected downtown business community to determine ways in which impacts can be reduced</li><li>Send project updates to local businesses and residents notifying of any disruptions and be responsive to any concerns raised about project activities</li><li>Develop and implement a traffic management plan to ensure vehicle, cyclist, parking and pedestrian access near the project area is not significantly interrupted</li><li>Coordinate construction schedule with Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project (PBR) and other ongoing works to minimize impacts to downtown community  </li><li>Develop a restoration plan in coordination with City of New Westminster and feedback from the local community to improve the downtown core after construction is complete<br></li></ul></div>#97957e
Working with Businesses of Downtown New Westminster Working with Businesses of Downtown New Westminster <div class="ExternalClass80323610F34642858E677E97D9383C76"><p>​Engagement is a key component in Metro Vancouver’s project planning. We recognize that this necessary repair project comes at an unfortunate time and will have an impact on businesses in the downtown community. We will continue to work with affected businesses to help minimize construction-related impacts wherever possible.</p><p>In March 2021, Metro Vancouver began working with businesses in downtown New Westminster to welcome feedback and understand concerns related to the proposed construction plans. The following is a summary of the engagement conducted and the feedback we received:<br></p><p> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/construction-maintenance/new-westminster-interceptor/PublishingImages/BusinessNewsletter.jpg" data-lightbox="New West Business Newsletter"><img src="/services/liquid-waste/construction-maintenance/new-westminster-interceptor/PublishingImages/BusinessNewsletter.jpg" alt="New West Business Newsletter" /></a> <br> </p><p> <br> </p></div>#97957e
Contact Us Contact Us <div class="ExternalClass35CB6EDCE2D547C6B4B8FB516945B4F0"><h4>​Community Liaison<br></h4><p>A Community Liaison is available to meet with business owners, residents, and community members to discuss project impacts, compile feedback, and be available by phone or email to address any questions or concerns during construction.</p><p> <strong>Community Liaison: </strong>604-432-6200 (Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)<br><strong>After-Hours Emergency: </strong>604-451-6610<br><strong>Email: </strong><a>icentre@metrovancouver.org</a><br></p><p> <br> </p></div>#97957e

Timeline

 

 

Mid-Summer 2021 – Early 2022True1Mid-Summer 2021 – Early 2022


Contacts


Mon. to Fri. (8 am - 4:30 pm)
Community Liaison
604-432-6200

After-Hours Emergencies:
604-451-6610

Email: Information Centre

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