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Truck traffic, trail closures start in Coquitlam for Fortis line

Construction is expected to ramp up in February on FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project.
A map showing where FortisBC's Eagle Mountain woodfibre gas pipeline will be built,

Construction is expected to ramp up next month on FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project.

And the natural gas company is alerting Tri-City residents living in the area about the upcoming trades traffic.

Among the crew work happening on site will be:

  • surveying
  • locating buried facilities
  • upgrading access roads
  • tree and vegetation clearing

The extra trucks may cause traffic tie-ups for local residents along Eagle Mountain Drive, Panorama Drive, Pinetree Way, Johnson Street, David Avenue and Pipeline Road; however, traffic control personnel will be in place, as required, to direct and monitor trucks with oversized loads, FortisBC said in a news release issued yesterday, Jan. 29.

In addition, trails in the Eagle Mountain Park area — including Lungbusters — will be closed from time to time. Signs will be posted in advance at trail parking sites and trailheads.

The truck traffic and intermittent trail closures are expected to ease by the fall.

“We appreciate the community’s patience as we undertake this work and prepare our sites for construction,” FortisBC said in the news release, noting the construction work will continue until 2026 and will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Here’s what’s happening for the project:

  • installation of three kilometres of a new gas pipeline northwest of Westwood Plateau
  • expansion of the existing Eagle Mountain compressor station with two new electric-powered compressor units
  • placement of about 950 metres of new power lines for the compressor station
  • addition of a new electric substation in Eagle Mountain Park

The project aims to increase FortisBC’s system in Squamish and Coquitlam to supply natural gas to its customer Woodfibre LNG, which has an export facility in Squamish.

Of the 50 km of new pipeline between Squamish and Coquitlam, nine kilometres will be tunnelled under the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary.

The new pipeline will run alongside the existing natural gas line.

For more details, call 1-855-380-5784 or email [email protected]. You can also sign up for FortisBC’s enewsletter.