Sapperton Construction Projects

There are several major construction projects currently taking place in the McBride-Sapperton neighbourhood. City staff are working closely with project owners to minimize the impact on residents and businesses; however, as with all major construction projects, some disruptions will occur.

For information on current road closures and impacts, please visit the Roadworks and Construction Projects webpage.

Construction Management FAQs

Why are there so many concurrent projects in this neighbourhood?
New Westminster is one of the oldest cities in the province and one of the fast growing communities. This results in yearly infrastructure upgrade improvements and land development projects. Council and staff do not control when land development projects are submitted to the City for approval and move into the active construction phase. As a result, they do not control when a project starts.

How does the City grant construction permits?
Once Council approves a development application, the construction process can begin right away. Before work begins, the City’s project team, which includes staff from engineering, transportation, building services, among others, have a pre-construction meeting with the project owners.  At the pre-construction meeting, the City is provided with the construction schedule, traffic management plan, and communication notifications for residents and businesses. The City team will confirm the traffic and construction management expectations  with the project owner’s team.

How does the City minimize impacts on neighbourhood roadways and sidewalks?
Street Occupancy Permit (SOP) is needed when there is a request to use a roadway (including lanes, parking lanes, bike lanes) or sidewalk in a way that is outside the intended use outlined in in the Street Traffic Bylaw. When a construction project impacts the movement of vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is required.

Before city staff issue a Street Occupancy Permit and approve a Traffic Management Plan, all applications are reviewed for cumulative or compounding impacts and to ensure a balance between the construction activity requested with the transportation needs of the area. It is also necessary that negative impacts to our priority modes of transportation (walking, cycling and transit) are minimized. All requests are considered with the following principles and priorities in mind:

  • Safety of the public and worksite crew.
  • Safe travel for all users, including pedestrians, transit users and cyclists to key destinations such as schools, businesses, services and parks. 
  • Impacts on neighbourhood livability are minimized. 

During the review process, staff will guide the project owner by outlining the requirements to minimize compounding or cumulative impacts in the neighbourhood. Some examples are:

  • The City will not allow full closures of arterials/major regional network during the daytime; 
  • If a lane closure is needed on one road there must be alternate ways to get around the neighbourhood; 
  • Staff will make sure that appropriate directional and detour signage is in place where there is a road closure.

Once an Street Occupancy Permit is issued, City staff inspects the work zone to ensure the Traffic Management Plan is followed. The permittee is responsible for ongoing monitoring to ensure that they continue to follow the approved TMP. An SOP may be revoked if the permittee is not complying with the approved traffic management plan or other conditions outlined in the SOP.

What is the Good Neighbour Protocol?
City staff work closely with the project owners and construction management companies to ensure they adhere to the Good Neighbour Protocol. The Good Neighbour Protocol is a set of guidelines developed to minimize the impact of construction projects on residents and businesses. Guidelines include: communicating with impacted neighbours; obtaining necessary permits; respecting construction hours of work; respecting the environment; keeping the site, roadways, and sidewalks safe for all users.

Who is notified when construction activity is taking place?
It is the responsibility of the project owner to notify residents and business in the immediate vicinity of the construction project. The timing and distribution area of the notification(s) is dependent on the size, duration, and level of impact of the construction activities.

All roadwork and street disruptions are posted on the Roadworks and Construction Projects webpage.

Where can I find a map of roadwork and street disruptions?
For a current map of roadwork and street disruptions, please visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

Contact

For transportation and traffic questions or concerns, please contact:
Engineering Services
604-527-4592 or

For construction concerns and enforcement issues, please contact:
Bylaw Enforcement
604-527-4657 or

Current Construction Projects

The following constructions projects are currently in progress. If you have specific questions about the project, please contact the project representatives directly.

  • Project Owner: Fraser Health
    Duration: February 2020 - 2025
    Project Details: Phase two includes the construction of a new acute care tower, an underground parkade, a new main entrance, and a rooftop helipad. Some aging buildings will also be replaced along with site enhancements. Phase two construction is expected to be complete in early 2025.  Phase three of the redevelopment project will upgrade and expand areas in the existing Health Care Centre and Columbia Tower to support the beds and services added in phase two. Phase three is projected to start in 2023 and complete in 2026.

    Traffic Impacts: Intermitted vehicle traffic delays due to construction vehicles. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information, visit the Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment project webpage.

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  • Project Owner: Park Construction
    Anticipated Completion: Spring 2023
    Project Details: Multi-family development

    Traffic Impacts: Vehicle traffic delays may be experienced due to construction activities. Short-term closures in the back lane. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

  • Project Owner: City of New Westminster
    Duration: March - August 2021
    Project Details: Water main replacement on E. Eight Avenue, Braid Street and Lane Street (east of Buchanan Avenue). The annual water main upgrade and replacement program is aimed at ensuring that the City’s watermain infrastructure is maintained and upgraded in order to meet the needs of the community. Projects are selected and prioritized to reduce the number of water main breaks, the number of service interruptions for customers, and water loss.

    Traffic Impacts: Property access restrictions. Sidewalk restrictions. Impacts to on-street parking. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information, please visit the City's water main replacement program webpage. 

  • Project Owner: Wesgroup
    Anticipated Completion: Early 2023
    Project Details: Brewery District Building #7 development at 268 Nelson’s Court.  

    Traffic Impacts: Impacts will primarily limited to Nelson's Court. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information, visit Wesgroup's website. 

  • Project Owner: Wesgroup
    Duration: February 2021 - 2024
    Project Details: High rise rental development. 

    Traffic Impacts: Traffic delays as construction vehicles access via Braid Street and the east-west lane. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information, visit Wesgroup's website. 

  • Project Owner: Urban Academy
    Duration: Spring 2021 - December 2021
    Project Details: Urban Academy is adding a 106-square-metre (1,140-square-foot) addition on the fourth floor and a 494-square-metre (5,317-square-foot) addition on the fifth floor of its building at 466 Rousseau St.

    Traffic Impacts: Vehicle traffic impacts and sidewalk closures. Pedestrian traffic detour onto north sidewalk. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information visit the Urban Academy website. 

  • Project Owner: New Westminster School District
    Anticipated Completion: Winter 2021
    Project Details: The replacement school will feature open spaces and a design that’s intended to support revised and modern curriculum needs. And, in addition, it will also feature a significant expansion to the child care centre with new infant and toddler spaces.

    Traffic Impacts: Vehicle traffic delays may be experienced due to construction vehicles accessing the site via School Street and leaving via Archer Street. For current information on traffic impacts, visit the Roadworks & Construction Projects webpage.

    More Information: For more information visit the New Westminster School District 40 website.