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 - Summer/Fall 2023

July 26, 2023  Construction Update and Road Closures

  • The preloading work that began in the spring is nearly complete - work on the pump station will be ongoing until the end of the year.
  • As part of the Polygon development between Cedar Drive and Victoria Drive, a new culvert will be installed on Partington Creek - this work is expected to begin in early August and will take about 8 weeks. 
  • In order to complete the culvert, Cedar Drive between Victoria Drive and Gilleys Trail will be fully closed to traffic - traffic will be detoured via Victoria Drive.
  • Access to the Deboville Slough parking lot and properties on Cedar Drive will be maintained.

This fall, the City is planning to tender a contract for the future road improvements and environmental channel work with the work expected to begin in 2024.

Upper Victoria Drive and Pollard Street

  • The underground work on Victoria Drive is nearly complete and the contractor (Gemco Construction Ltd.) expects to have Victoria Drive re-opened the week of July 31.
  • Work on Pollard Street is expected to begin on August 14 and will take about three weeks to complete. The work will continue approximately 180 metres north on Pollard Street from Victoria Drive. 
  • In order to complete the work, this section of Pollard Street will be fully closed to all road users and detours will be in place.
  • The contractor will install signage in the area to inform road users of the road closure which will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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.