Taking place from spring 2021 to 2024, 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.
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.
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.
Planning to bring utilities and roads to the east part of the Partington Creek neighbourhood –including the future Burke Mountain Village site – began about 10 years ago. Major engineering infrastructure is vital for the planned development envisioned in the Partington Creek Neighbourhood Plan.
The extension of services is mainly funded through developer fees, including the $16.5-million cost for the Cedar Drive Project.
2020: Complete the property acquisition and detailed design.
2021: Arrange for permitting and begin 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: Most of the sewer system expansion work, including a pump station, forcemain and gravity sewer connection to Victoria Drive.
2023/2024: Reconstruction of Cedar Drive, the drainage channel and environmental enhancements in Partington Creek (in late summer, when safe for fish).