The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project are being built to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers shipped through the Port of Vancouver. The projects are expected to be complete by 2022.
The projects include:
- A reconfiguration and expansion of the Centerm container terminal
- A new overpass on Centennial Road to remove road and rail conflicts
- Changes to Waterfront Road to create a continuous port road from Canada Place to McGill Street
- The removal of the Heatley Road overpass
- Coordination with other tenant and port road maintenance on port lands
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority completed extensive environmental and technical studies to inform the implementation of construction, and conducted three rounds of public engagement.
The projects is being built by Centennial Expansion Partners (CXP).
These improvements will help:
- Increase capacity at Centerm to support Canada’s growing trade demand for goods shipped in containers
- Provide a continuous port road from Canada Place to Highway 1
- Reduce travel delays for port users and businesses by building an overpass over two rail crossings and removing one rail crossing on port roads
- Reduce port-related traffic on local roads in the Downtown East Side and East Vancouver
Activities this July include:
- In-water works and on-terminal works continues
Road work – Where to enter the port:
Commissioner Street entrance
- Open to Port Pass holders driving passenger vehicles
- Open to all commercial straight trucks
- All semi-trailers must enter at Commissioner Street off McGill Street
Clark Drive overpass
- Entrance for visitors without Port Passes (relocated from Heatley Avenue)
- Open to Port Pass holders with commercial straight trucks with destinations East of Rogers Street. All others must enter via Commissioner Street.
- Open to Port Pass holders driving passenger vehicles
- Closed to semi-trailer and container trucks
Heatley Avenue overpass
- Open to Port Pass holders driving passenger vehicles. Access to DPW, CXP Office, VFPA maintenance facility (no access to Lantic/Rogers Street)
- Closed to semi-trailers, regardless of access permissions. Please use Commissioner Street entrance
- All traffic west of VFPA maintenance facility, including container trucks, must exit via Heatley Avenue
Infilling is continuing this month at the northeast dyke and west end dykes 24 hours a day, six days a week (Monday to Saturday, with Sunday being the off-day). This work is expected to be completed by the fall. Work on the northeast dyke is almost complete.
We anticipate that the work will continue to generate noise and we continue to implement noise reduction measures. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important work.
Hours of road work:
Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hours of marine work:
Infilling will take place 24 hours, six days a week (Monday to Saturday, with Sunday being the off-day).
- 2015 – The projects began with early discussions with partners, Indigenous groups, local government and key stakeholders.
- January 18-February 12, 2016 – Preliminary comment period
- February 20-March 24, 2017 – Round 1 Public Consultation on proposed design on-terminal and off-terminal works, results of technical and environmental studies, anticipated construction activities, and a proposed community investment program.
- May 15-June 2, 2017 – Round 2 Public Consultation on proposed project construction activities, details regarding a proposed community investment program. We shared how we considered feedback from Round 1 consultation.
- March 2019 – Preparation for construction begins
- July 2019 – Construction begins
- August 2019 – In-water construction begins, timed to minimize impact to marine life
- Winter 2020 to Winter 2021 – Heatley Avenue overpass removal
- Winter 2021 – Centennial Road overpass complete
- 2022 – Construction complete
|Economic prosperity through trade||Healthy environment||Thriving communities|
We acknowledge that while port-related developments may provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential effects on those who live, work or operate in and around port areas.
Our approach to public consultation is based on two-way communication and open dialogue, working together to ensure the community, the environment, and the economy are all considered during project planning.
Preliminary comment period consultation documents
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Summer 2016 Supplemental Engagement Materials [PDF]
August 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Consideration Report [PDF]
March 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Summary Report [PDF]
Round 1 public engagement consultation documents
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consideration Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
March 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Display Boards [PDF]
February 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Discussion Guide and Feedback Form [PDF]
Round 2 public engagement consultation documents
July 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Consultation Consideration Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Discussion Paper and Feedback Form [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Display Boards [PDF]
For a detailed overview of what we heard and what we’re doing, download the Phase 2 consideration report.
|Interest||How we’re responding|
Concerns about air quality impacts as a result of the project.
Our air assessment modeling shows that regional air quality standards will continue to be met even after the project is complete, with the exception of rare and short-lived exceedances of nitrogen dioxide. These exceedences are expected to occur in a small area over water or industrial areas, not in residential or other sensitive locations for human health.
We will also create an air emissions management plan to assist the terminal operator in managing air emissions following completion of construction. Additionally, the terminal operator and port authority will continue work together as part of the port authority’s Clean Air Strategy, which includes fleet replacement of older vehicles with newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles and decreased truck queuing over-time.
What else we’re doing:
|GHG Emissions||We heard:
Concerns about GHG emissions.
All buildings will be built to LEED green building rating system sustainable building measures, and infrastructure will be built to meet Envision sustainable building standards.
We will be installing a second ship-to-shore power connection at Centerm on the newly expanded berth, so that if two ships with the necessary equipment are in port at the same time, they can both switch off their diesel-powered engines.
We are installing terminal equipment that will help reduce GHGs, including electrified rail mounted gantry cranes in place of the diesel powered rubber tire gantry cranes currently used in the intermodal yard.
What else we’re doing:
Concern that the larger terminal will be noisier.
We are taking measures to reduce noise, including the use of electric-rail-mounted gantry cranes in the rail yard that will generate less noise than the current equipment.
Additionally, the longer rail tracks on-terminal provide an opportunity to reduce the number of train movements needed to build full length trains, which will reduce rail related noise due to shunting.
What else we’re doing:
The port authority has 11 long-term noise monitoring stations at locations across the port. Access this data in real time.
|CRAB Park at Portside||We heard:
That CRAB Park at Portside is an important place for this community and that users are concerned about impacts to their enjoyment of the park, including the view, and water quality.
There will be no physical impacts to CRAB Park at Portside as a result of this project. We are confident that views will not be significantly impacted by the changes to Centerm. We completed computer modelling of tidal flushing and found that natural tide cycles will continue to flush and replenish the bay after the expansion.
A community investment program will be implemented as part of the project; the project team is currently exploring community investment opportunities based on consultation feedback and other considerations. As part of this, we will be working with the Vancouver Park Board to provide funding toward future park improvements.
After hearing how important this park is to the local community, we are contributing $1 million to improvements at CRAB Park at Portside. The Vancouver Park Board will be the recipient of the funding and they will lead engagement and decisions on what improvements will be made.
What else we’re doing:
An additional $500,000 has been put aside for the Centerm Community Fund. If you have a local project, we encourage you to apply for funding.
|Marine Impacts||We heard:
Concerns about whether the project will negatively impact the environment and marine wildlife.
We studied how the project may affect fish and fish habitat, marine birds, and marine mammals, and found that the project and construction activities are not expected to have noticeable effects on marine birds or mammals. However, we did find that the project has the potential to harm fish and will harm fish habitat due to the infilling. Because of this, we are undertaking the Maplewood Marine Restoration Project to build new high-quality habitat for fish and crab nearby. Additionally, during construction we will use a construction environmental management plan to mitigate impacts on the environment, including water quality.
What else we’re doing:
The port authority maintains a robust set of practices and procedures to be followed by all vessels operating in the port’s jurisdiction, in line with international best practices. These practices and procedures are designed to promote safe navigation and environmental protection from vessel activities, including oil spill prevention.
|Construction related impacts – noise, traffic, and light||We heard:
Concerns about noise, traffic, and light during construction.
Construction will be guided by a construction environmental management plan that will mitigate impacts on traffic, noise from construction, and light from construction. Examples include focusing light only where it is needed for safe and secure work, transporting construction materials by barge when possible to reduce traffic on local and port streets, and ensuring stakeholders are informed about upcoming changes to traffic patterns.
January 2021 – Centerm Community Fund promotional poster – third application intake period [PDF]
January 2020 – Centerm Community Fund promotional poster [PDF]
July 2019 – Detours related to Clark Drive overpass maintenance (inbound closure to port via Clark Drive overpass)
April 2018 – Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project Map [PDF]
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project – Project and Environmental Review Project Permit Application
July 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
June 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
May 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
April 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
March 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
February 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
January 2021 – Centerm and South Shore Update
December 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
November 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
October 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
September 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
August 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
July 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
June 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
May 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
April 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
March 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
February 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
January 2020 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
December 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
November 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
October 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
September 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
August 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
July 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
June 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Update
May 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
April 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
March 2019 – Centerm and South Shore Updates
Notification letters are issued to port tenants in advance of work that will cause new disruptions to operations. Notifications are issued to local residents in advance of the start of a major portion of the project.
June 11, 2021 – Notification for opening of the Centennial Road overpass and demolition of the Heatley Avenue overpass
December 3, 2020 – Notification for public of Centennial Road traffic detour extension
October 14, 2020 – Notification for public of South Shore construction update and associated traffic impacts
June 26, 2020 – Notification for public of Centennial Road detour
August 1, 2019 – Notification for public of Clark Drive overpass rehabilitation night work
June 17, 2019 – Notification for public of Centerm and South Shore Access Project start of construction
October 18, 2019 – Notice of construction outside of regular work hours
September 6, 2019 – Notification of Canfisco boiler building demolition
July 24, 2019 – Notification for port tenants of start of tree removal to facilitate construction of the overpass and eastern expansion. New trees will be replanted as part of project.
July 23, 2019 – Notification for port tenants of start of marine works. Dredging and infilling anticipated to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to complete work within a condensed time window and minimize impact to marine life.
June 17, 2019 – Notification to port tenants of start of construction project.
June 17, 2019 – Notification for residents of start of construction project
The Centennial Road overpass, removal of Heatley overpass, and improvements to Waterfront Road received funding from the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Road improvements valued at $78.3 million.