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Central Park Water Main – Imperial Section




Central Park Water Main – Imperial SectionCentral Park Water Main – Imperial Section<div class="ExternalClass3DB09B22436A4D12A8DDF6953A99EAD5"><p>Metro Vancouver is replacing the Central Park Water Main, which has been phased over several years and spans approximately 12 kilometres in the City of Burnaby and the City of New Westminster. The existing water main was built in the 1930s and is reaching the end of its service life. Once complete, the new water main will help ensure the continued delivery of clean, safe drinking water well into the future.</p><p>The Imperial Section of the Central Park Water Main is approximately 3.5 kilometres long and will be located along Imperial Street, between Maywood Street and Telford Avenue, and Griffiths Avenue and Elwell Street.</p><p>Construction of this section is expected to take place from 2024 to 2028. Towards the end of the project, Metro Vancouver will return to connect the newly constructed water main to the existing drinking water system.​<br></p></div>City of Burnaby





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Project activitiesProject activities<div class="ExternalClassD8027B464D5043E58D96156AC7129307"><p>Activities for the Central Park Water Main – Imperial Section will include:</p><ul><li>Relocating existing underground infrastructure to accommodate the new valve chamber</li><li>Excavating a large pit to install a pre-cast valve chamber within a work zone that is approximately 15 metres by 20 metres in size</li> <li>​Establishing a 200-metre work zone, including temporary fencing to ensure safety, on a block-by-block basis</li><li>Excavating an 18-metre-long and three-metre-wide trench to install a water main with a diameter of 1.2 metres</li><li>Constructing a second large underground valve chamber at Empress Avenue</li><li>Installing nearly two kilometres of new water, storm, and wastewater pipes on behalf of the City of Burnaby</li><li>Removing and replacing the existing Central Park water main on Maywood Street and Griffiths Avenue. This process will take approximately three months at each location</li><li>Cleaning and testing the water main after installation</li></ul><p>Once construction is complete, our contractor will pave and restore the roadways impacted by this project to similar or better condition. At the end of the project, Metro Vancouver will connect the water main to the existing water distribution system.</p>​​<br></div>
Work hoursWork hours<div class="ExternalClassBE040113446041EFBFE2306B455998FE"><p>All work will comply with City of Burnaby bylaws or granted bylaw variances. There may be times when crews will need to work longer hours or on weekends to complete certain tasks, in those cases we will notify you ahead of time if variances are granted.</p><p>Typical hours of work for this project will be:</p><ul><li>Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm</li><li>Saturdays: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm</li><li>No work on Sundays and holidays</li></ul>​​<br></div>
Impacts and mitigationImpacts and mitigation<div class="ExternalClassF24E52BB99E44446A322027976D56B87"><p style="margin-bottom:15px;">Metro Vancouver recognizes the construction of Central Park Water Main – Imperial Section may impact you and the local community. As part of our commitment to minimize project impacts, we have been working with the City of Burnaby, local residents, and businesses to identify impacts early in the process, and undertake measures to mitigate them.</p><p><strong>Keeping People Moving Safely and Effectively</strong></p><p>This essential water main project will have impacts on traffic and access throughout construction, including:</p><ul><li>Partial and full road closures on Imperial Avenue during water main installation</li><li>Road closures of Palm Avenue and Empress Avenue during valve chamber construction for approximately six months</li></ul><p>In order to reduce traffic impacts on the community, Metro Vancouver will:</p><ul><li>Implement a Traffic Management Plan to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers can safely move around the construction area</li><li>Place traffic control signage on site and hire traffic control personnel</li><li>Ensure emergency services will have access to properties and businesses at all times</li><li style="margin-bottom:15px;">Notify residents and businesses of temporary driveway or parking lot closures and detour routes in advance</li></ul><p><strong>Maintaining Access for Local Residents and Businesses</strong></p><p>We will maintain access to homes and businesses whenever possible; however, construction may temporarily restrict access to residential and business driveways and parking areas.</p><p style="margin-bottom:15px;">If anyone in your home has mobility restrictions or any other concerns, please contact the project’s community liaison at 604-432-6200 to discuss alternate options for parking and access, and to explore possible solutions to mitigate impacts.</p><p><strong>Managing Noise and Vibration</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver has developed a Noise and Vibration Management Strategy for the Central Park Water Main project that will be followed by our contractor throughout construction.</p><p>Saw cutters, excavators, and generators will be the main sources of noise on this project, and vibratory compactors and excavators will be the main source of vibration. Residents or businesses adjacent to work areas, approximately 15 metres away, may experience the noise produced by an excavator as the equivalent of the noise in a busy restaurant.</p><p>Crews will attempt to reduce noise and vibration impacts where possible by:</p><ul><li>Scheduling work with our noisiest and high-vibration equipment, such as hydro vacuum trucks, to take place after 8:00 am and before 6:00 pm</li><li>Minimizing “nuisance noise” such as offloading equipment, operating back-up beepers, or warming up heavy equipment unnecessarily and outside allowable hours</li><li>Covering noisy equipment</li></ul>​​<br></div>
EngagementEngagement<div class="ExternalClass32ADE64A4C2C4AD5A48553B46971DB4D"><p>At Metro Vancouver we make decisions that impact the 2.7 million residents that live in our region. Metro Vancouver engages municipalities, businesses and the general public whenever we are working on a new program, policy, or project across our service areas. Learn more about our <a href="/about-us/community-engagement" target="_blank">engagement principles</a>.</p><p><strong>2022 public comment period</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver conducted a public comment period for the Central Park Water Main – Imperial Section from July 21 to September 14, 2022. The purpose of the engagement was to hear from local residents and businesses how we can minimize impacts on the community during construction.</p><p>As part of our engagement phase, we:</p><ul><li>Conducted an online survey and received 217 responses</li><li>Held a virtual open house on September 8 and seven people attended the event</li></ul><p>Engagement supporting materials:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Open House Presentation</a></li><li><a href="/services/water/ConstructionDocuments/feedback-highlights-central-park-water-main-imperial-section.pdf" target="_blank">Feedback Highlights</a><br></li></ul><div><p><strong>Working with the community</strong><br></p><p>Metro Vancouver is committed to working closely with the community and the City of Burnaby to ensure concerns and interests are considered as the project continues.</p><p>Local residents and businesses will receive ongoing notification through newsletters, web updates, email, and on-site signage. You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular updates via email by selecting the project name in <a href="/services/water/water-engagement-mailing-list" target="_blank">our water projects sign-up page</a>.</p><p>A community liaison is also available to answer questions and listen to concerns throughout the project.<br></p><br></div>​<br></div>
What we heardWhat we heard<div class="ExternalClass859FF45174D9460991384E0C194E9D3C"><p>Thank you for taking the time to learn about and provide your feedback on Metro Vancouver’s Central Park Water Main – Imperial Section. Please find below what we heard during our engagement phase and what we are doing to address the community’s feedback:​<br></p> ​<table class="uk-table uk-table-small uk-table-divider mv-border-cyan mv-table-heading-cyan mv-table-border uk-table-striped"><thead><tr><th>What we heard</th><th>​​What we’re doing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>Concerns and questions about traffic impacts such as delays, transit and cycling routes, and pedestrian pathways</p></td><td><p>We are working with a traffic engineering firm to develop a Traffic Management Strategy. Feedback provided through our public engagement process will be incorporated into the strategy to ensure impacts are minimized wherever possible. </p><p>Once the Traffic Management Strategy is complete, Metro Vancouver will share information about how we will keep people moving safely and efficiently around our work zones. </p><p>We will also share any anticipated impacts and proposed detours to transit, cycling routes, and pedestrian pathways. This information will be shared via fact sheets and newsletters in advance of construction. </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Requests to coordinate traffic plans with other projects in the area to ensure traffic flows as efficiently as possible</p></td><td><p>Metro Vancouver and the City of Burnaby have been and will continue to coordinate closely to ensure that traffic strategies and plans reflect current and future construction projects in the area. </p><p>During construction, our contractor will develop specific traffic control plans based on the Traffic Management Strategy. The plans will be reviewed and approved by Metro Vancouver and the City of Burnaby to ensure coordination with other projects in the area and compliance with the management strategy.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Interest in how traffic plans will impact access to schools, businesses, and homes</p></td><td><p>At least one driveway for all homes and businesses will be maintained throughout construction; however, drivers may experience delays in accessing driveways when active construction is taking place outside a home or a business. </p><p>We’re working with schools along the alignment to ensure access will be maintained for school drop-off and pick-up zones. We’ll also work closely with schools in order to keep the administration and parents informed as construction progresses in these areas.</p><p>We will ensure emergency vehicles can access homes and businesses at all times. </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Requests to ensure safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists around the construction area</p></td><td><p>We are working with a traffic engineering firm to develop a Traffic Management Strategy that ensures safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists near all construction areas. </p><p>Wherever possible, we will ensure sidewalks and pedestrian paths remain accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility devices. When accessibility cannot be maintained, we will provide accessible detour options at controlled intersections. </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Requests to receive advance notice of project impacts, especially cycling and pedestrian detours</p></td><td><p>We will provide advance notice of construction activities and impacts via mail, email, web, and social media updates. Notifications will include the location and duration of work, work hours, and any anticipated impacts.</p><p>When unplanned, unforeseen, or short-term noise or vibration impacts occur, the contractor will coordinate with Metro Vancouver to ensure affected parties are notified as soon as possible. </p></td></tr><tr><td>​ <p>Concerns over duration of noise impacts, especially at the valve chamber locations</p></td><td>​​​ <p>We have developed a Noise and Vibration Management Strategy to mitigate noise and vibration impacts during construction. Mitigation measures include installing noise barriers at the Empress Avenue valve chamber; shrouding generators located near homes to minimize noise impacts; and scheduling our noisiest activities, such as hydro vacuum trucks, to begin later in the work day. </p><p>We’ll ensure our contractor is working within the City of Burnaby bylaw hours, or—when there are extenuating circumstances that require work outside those hours—they will be applying for bylaw variances. This may be necessary to ensure other impacts, such as traffic delays, are not prolonged.</p><p>Metro Vancouver will periodically be conducting noise audits near the work zones to ensure all work complies with the City of Burnaby noise bylaws. </p></td></tr></tbody></table>​<br></div>
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