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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Learn About the Cedar Drive Upgrade Project

A section of Cedar Drive that will be upgraded

COQUITLAM, B.C., April 7, 2021  The City of Coquitlam is hosting an online information session for anyone interested in learning more about the Cedar Drive Upgrade Project.

Construction will begin soon on this large utility, environmental and road project, which will happen in a number of phases from 2021 to 2024.

Attend the Information Session

The information session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 from 7-8 p.m. Interested participants can sign up by emailing cedardrive@coquitlam.ca. A link to participate via Zoom will be emailed to you.

Information will also be posted to www.coquitlam.ca/cedardrive for those who are unable to attend on April 21.

Project to Provide Significant Improvements

The City began planning about a decade ago to bring critical utilities and roads to the area east of the Burke Mountain Village site. 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. 

Improvements will include:

  • A new sewer line along Cedar Drive and extended to Upper Victoria Drive, to serve both existing and future homes; 
  • Environmental enhancements to Partington Creek such as new riparian (creekside habitat) areas and removal of invasive species; 
  • Increased flood protection by creating a new drainage channel off Partington Creek and raising upper Cedar Drive by 1.5 metres; and
  • Transportation upgrades including widening upper Cedar Drive to a two-lane width, constructing a multi-use pathway and adding street lighting.  

Primarily funded through developer fees, the $16.5-million project is important to serve the needs of the growing Burke Mountain area 

Project Phasing

The Cedar Drive Upgrade Project will happen in a number of phases, taking place from 2021 to 2024. Construction is set to kick off this spring based on the following schedule:

  • 2021: Primarily moving earth and “preloading” future road and utility sites – covering them with piles of earth to help settle the soil before building these services– and treating knotweed, an invasive species 
  • 2022: Most of the sewer system expansion work, including a pump station, forcemain and gravity sewer connection to Victoria Drive 
  • 2023/2024: Road Construction and the drainage channel and environmental enhancements in Partington Creek 

Staying 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, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cedardrive or sign up for Cedar Drive Upgrade Project updates at www.coquitlam.ca/notifyme.

Providing Important Amenities and Infrastructure During the Pandemic

Coquitlam continues to plan and build amenities and infrastructure for the present and future community needs, beyond the pandemic. This is made possible through long-term financial planning including the Five-Year Capital Plan for 2021-2025, as well as overall strong fiscal responsibility. Many of these projects are also funded outside of the municipal tax base through sources such as developer contributions.

Media contact:
Mark Zaborniak
Manager, Design and Construction
Engineering and Public Works
604-927-3502
mzaborniak@coquitlam.ca

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