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Avoid these Tri-City roads for the next few months

City crews in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are ripping up key roads over the next few months for major infrastructure work.
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Major road work is underway on Gatensbury Street and Cedar Drive in Coquitlam; McAllister and Prairie avenues in Port Coquitlam; and Albert Street in Port Moody.

Commuters in the Tri-Cities are urged to steer clear of certain roads that are getting major rebuilds over the next few months.

In Coquitlam, Gatensbury Street — from the Port Moody border to Como Lake Avenue — is being ripped up for two months to install an underground water main.

The construction will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and traffic is being limited to a single lane through the work zone.

Cedar Drive, north of the Deboville Slough trail on the Coquitlam side, is also up for a retrofit until 2024. 

The project is the largest and most complex work for the city’s engineering department, in the current five-year capital plan.

In Port Coquitlam, crews are on site to upgrade McAllister Avenue in the downtown core. The street will be shut to traffic between Shaughnessy Street and Mary Hill Road until late November; however, pedestrian access will be available as the businesses along the road will remain open.

And parts of Prairie Avenue are now being modernized as part of an initiative to upgrade the three-kilometre stretch with better utilities, streetlights and roundabouts. 

The multi-phased work will last for about two or three years.

In Port Moody, Metro Vancouver is updating the Albert Street sewer along Vintner, Douglas and Spring streets as well as Clarke Road and Seaforth Way, until October. 

Detours will be in place, and parking and sidewalk restrictions are in effect near the work zones. That work is taking place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Until September, there will also be barriers at the Old Orchard Park and Alderside Road slip (Benson Drive and Ioco Road) entrances to Alderside to allow only one car to pass at a time.