Cedar Drive Upgrade Project

Taking place from spring 2021 to 2025, the Cedar Drive Upgrade Project (PDF) will happen in a number of phases and will extend the sewer system, improve drainage, enhance Partington Creek and provide transportation upgrades. The much-needed upgrades will support new development in the eastern section of the Partington Creek neighbourhood, and will also improve service to existing residents in the area.

This will be the largest and likely the most complex project delivered by the City’s Engineering & Public Works department in the current five-year capital plan.

Construction Updates - Spring/Summer 2023

May 1, 2023 Update - Victoria Drive Road Closure

The following work is expected to begin on May 8 and will take approximately three months to complete.  The contractor will install signage in the area to inform road users of this road closure, which will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

The City’s contractor, Gemco Construction Ltd., will be installing a new large storm sewer main and a sanitary main on Upper Victoria Drive, between Baycrest Avenue (north of 3552 Victoria Drive) and Pollard Street.  In order to complete this work, a section of Victoria Drive will be fully closed. 

Please view the closure and detour map at this link.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured via Pollard Street/Crouch Avenue/David Avenue/Mitchell Street. 

Cedar Drive Construction Update

  • Preloading work is expected to begin in April, and will be ongoing until early August (weather dependent).
  • Work on the pump station will continue throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Traffic on Cedar Drive will be maintained while the contractor completes the preloading work and the work on the pump station, however, there may be minor traffic delays.  
  • This fall, the City is planning to tender a contract for the future road improvements and environmental channel work. This work is expected to begin in 2024.

Project Timeline

  • 2020: Completed the property acquisition and detailed design. 
  • 2021: Arranged for permitting and began some of the construction, primarily moving earth and “preloading” future road and utility sites – covering them with piles of earth to help settle the soil over time – and removal of knotweed, an invasive species. 
  • 2022/2023: Preloading work, as well as most of the sewer system expansion work, including a pump station, forcemain and gravity sewer connection to Victoria Drive.
  • 2024/2025: Reconstruction of Cedar Drive and the drainage channel and environmental enhancements in Partington Creek (in late summer, when safe for fish).

Stay Informed

Ongoing communications will take place with area property owners and other stakeholders as the work progresses, including notification when properties will be directly affected by construction activity.

To stay informed about the project, monitor this page or sign up for Cedar Drive Upgrade Project updates.

If you missed our recent online information session, please review the video below or the online event questions and answers.

  1. Improvements
  2. Background
  3. Timeline
  4. Related Documents

The objectives of the Cedar Drive Upgrade Project are as follows:

  • Improved sewer services – New trunk sanitary sewer facilities along Cedar Drive and extending to Upper Victoria Drive, to serve existing and new development in the eastern part of the Partington Creek Neighbourhood.
  • Increased flood protection – New flood channel and environmental works along the upper section of Cedar Drive to convey existing and future flows in Partington Creek, as well as raising Cedar Drive by 1.5 metres to mitigate flood impacts from freshets in the Pitt River/Fraser River system.
  • Environmental enhancements in Partington Creek – Installation of riparian (Creekside habitat) areas to offset impacts from the development planned in the area (outlined in the Partington Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan, and removal of invasive plant species.
  • Transportation upgrades – Widening the upper section of Cedar Drive as a transportation corridor to a two-lane width, constructing a multi-use pathway and adding street lighting.