Where are the major public works projects in Coquitlam for 2022?
This year, the Coquitlam Engineering Department is implementing its largest capital program to date, focusing on all neighborhoods in the growing municipality.
Coquitlam completed millions of dollars in transportation and utility projects last year.
But, for 2022, the city’s engineering department is rolling out its biggest capital program ever, focusing on every neighborhood in the growing municipality, from Burke Mountain to Burquitlam.
On Monday, April 4, council in committee was given an overview of the 2021 public works projects; much of it has been coordinated with new development, said Mark Zaborniak, director of design and construction.
Some of the department’s successes include:
- Chinas of the port
- The neighborhood saw a record amount of work for a single sector: 1.8 km of sidewalks installed, as well as 1.6 km of improved water lines and 6 km of repaved local roads.
“The good news for these residents is that they now have new infrastructure,” Zaborniak said at the meeting. “We won’t need to go back there for quite a while.”
- Road safety
- Crews conducted updates on Pinetree Way, at the north entrance of Douglas College and the Pinetree Community Center, and on Lincoln Avenue between Pinetree Way and Westwood Street.
- facade works
- Engineers changed the streetscapes (eg curb and gutter, sidewalks, landscaped boulevards, public lighting) on Walls Avenue (between Lebleu and Marmont streets); Stewart Avenue (between Lebleu and Marmont streets); and avenue Delestre (between rue Lebleu and rue Nelson).
- Remediation work
- In coordination with the maintenance of a new Westbild development on Burke Mountain, the city has installed the Harper Drive Baseline Flow Facility near Mitchell Drive, which holds approximately one million liters of stormwater that will supply the headwaters of Fox Creek.
- Cedar Drive/Partington Creek
- A multi-sentence, multi-year project, work to update the road – located north of Deboville Slough at the foot of Burke Mountain – began last year and also includes environmental improvements to the area.
Still, 2022 promises to be busier than previous years, Zaborniak told the committee, noting that at any given time, the department is juggling between 60 and 70 projects with up to $7 million earmarked for road paving.
WHAT TO COME
About 25 km of arterial, collector and local roads — as well as lanes — will receive a new layer of asphalt this year.
Highlighted public works projects worth $117 million for 2022 include:
- Gatesbury Street
- From Regan Street to the Port Moody border, Gatesbury is to undergo a series of frontage works which include a new multi-use path on the west side – paid for in part by TransLink.
- pipeline route
- The city is preparing for Metro Vancouver’s giant pipe dig, which is due to begin this fall, and will coordinate its road paving for 2024, as well as a landscaping plan for the east side of the downtown park.
- Partington Creek
- Engineers will build roads and maintain city-owned properties around the yet-to-be-built Burke Mountain Village, the future commercial hub for Burke Mountain’s projected 50,000 residents. The Village will adjoin the future Northeast Community Centre, an 80,000 square foot facility that is expected to open in 2026.
- cedar walk
- The city will continue to preload the new road, complete private property purchases, and begin construction of the sanitary pumphouse, gravity line to Upper Victoria Drive and sanitary penstock. This contract is now the subject of a call for tenders.
Zaborniak said the city is watching rising oil prices, which affect fuel prices for contractors, as well as an increase in steel pipes.
And while the city is staying within its current budgets, he adds that it’s unclear “when prices will go back up.”
Zaborniak said early bidding and project bundling helps offset soaring bills.
City managers also “want to be fair to contractors and make Coquitlam a place where contractors want to do business, so we get more bids and that helps keep costs down,” he said. -he declares.