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Major sewer upgrades to replace aging pipes and separate flows Dunbar-SW Marine Dr. intersection to close for two weeks

Work will start on a $600,000 infrastructure project at Dunbar Street and SW Marine Drive on Friday when City of Vancouver crews begin an estimated two-week project to replace an 80-year-old combined sewage and storm water pipe with two separate pipes that are expected to serve the neighbourhood for 100 years or more.

 
The intersection will be closed for the duration of the project to provide crews with the space to remove the old pipe and install the new system. Crews will be on site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week to complete the work as quickly as possible.
 
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Trucks should use Granville St. and 41st Ave. as a detour route. Access to businesses in the area will be maintained.
 
Once the Dunbar St. and SW Marine Dr. intersection is re-opened, please expect further traffic diversions and delays during July as crews complete other construction work near the intersection.
 
The work in the area supports the City’s Sewer Separation Program, an initiative to transition Vancouver’s combined single-pipe sewage and storm water sewer system to a separated two-pipe system. This involves replacing old, single pipes with new, separated sewage and storm water pipes to prevent sewer overflows and flooding of private property that can occur during heavy rain.
 
Each year, Vancouver invests approximately $35 million on sewer separation projects with the goal of achieving one per cent of sewer separation annually.
 
Approximately 50 per cent of Vancouver’s sewer system is already fully separated, with work focused on the most densely populated areas of the city.
 
The timing of the sewer upgrade work at SW Marine Drive and Dunbar St. coincides with planned repaving work for the Dunbar area when UBC has reduced summer attendance and traffic is lighter. The drier summer weather also helps crews complete the work as quickly as possible. 
 
For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, in Vancouver please call 3-1-1 or 604-873-7000.

 

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