Burquitlam is a community in Coquitlam, BC, which is a suburb in the metro Vancouver area. Burquitlam is slated to be one of the new stations on the Evergreen Line which will undoubtedly impact the community. Burquitlam is boundaried by North Road on the West, Chapman Ave on the North, Blue Mountain on the East and Hwy 1 on the South. The image is an artist rendering of the proposed station and will be replaced with the real one when that happens.
Workers will dig a 1.5-metre trench, install BC Hydro duct banks and then resurface the area to its previous condition. Construction will begin on Como Lake Avenue near the intersection of Clarke Road. From there, it will continue on Como Lake Avenue west to North Road and east to Dogwood Street.
This work will be done at the intersection between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize traffic impacts. Meanwhile, work on either side of the intersection will be done during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to minimize impacts on residents.
Finally the Burquitlam Community Association got a website! A lot of the information I get is from them, and the meetings, while poorly attended, are always informative and keep me in the loop as to what is happening in my community.
Last month council started doing work on the water system on Clarke. In addition they are doing a realignment of the cables and other things that live underground in preparation for the Evergreen Line. It is fantastic to see some work starting. Of course it comes with a cost: the construction people started digging and hit a gas line that wasn't on their map, resulting in an evacuation of the area until that could get solved. Traffic is down to one lane around Smith which causes drivers to block the intersection of Smith and Clarke frequently. But still, it's great to see some activity finally. And with the skytrain, we are seeing the slow densification of the area, slowly newer, fancier and taller buildings are being slated to come in, bringing more people and more traffic. I guess time will tell how far council will let it go.