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How will Coquitlam's big pipe dig affect you? Metro Vancouver wants to know

A part of Coquitlam’s Pipeline Road will be dug up next year for a massive water pipe.

A part of Coquitlam’s Pipeline Road will be dug up next year for a massive water pipe.

And Metro Vancouver is now reaching out to residents to learn more about the two-year wain main project that will stretch along Pipeline Road, from Guildford Way to Robson Drive.

Public comment is open until Nov. 12 while a virtual open house will be held Nov. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is through Metro Vancouver's website by searching "Robson and Guildford Section."

Information about the construction is also available via the community liaison at 604-432-6200 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or after hours at 604-451-6610 (4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily). Alternatively, email (include ‘Coquitlam Water Main Project - Robson to Guildford Section’ in the subject line).

The Guildford to Robson corridor is the first section for installation: the northern route — up to the end of Pipeline Road — as well as the Cape Horn work will run from 2024 to 2029. 

The City Centre tunnel section dig and installation is scheduled from 2025 to 2029.

Measuring 3.2 m in diametre, the Coquitlam water main is a key piece of infrastructure to meet the future drinking water demands of the region, especially for the communities south of the Fraser River and east of Coquitlam, and will link with the Coquitlam Lake reservoir, when finished.

Metro Vancouver project manager Bob Cheng said the authority and city staff have been working to make sure the community has as few disruptions as possible during construction. 

“As we approach site preparation and construction next year, local residents and businesses will receive ongoing communication through newsletters, web updates, email and on-site signage,” he stated. “A community liaison has been assigned to the project to answer questions, listen to concerns and share public feedback with the project team throughout the project.”