Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project

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.

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The projects include:

  • A reconfiguration and expansion of the Centerm container terminal
  • A new overpass on Centennial Road to bypass rail tracks
  • Changes to Waterfront Road so that it is continuous from Centerm to the convention centre
  • The removal of the Heatley Road overpass

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority completed extensive environmental and technical studies to inform the implementation of construction, and conducted three rounds of public consultation.

The projects will be built by Centennial Expansion Partners (CXP).

Before the projects. View looking north from CRAB Park. Note a container ship was added to this view to represent what is seen when a ship is at terminal.
After the projects. Future view looking north from CRAB Park. Note a container ship was added to this view to represent what will be seen when a ship is at terminal.

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

What’s new

Work to prepare for construction continues. Detours related to construction are currently anticipated to begin as early as the first week of June.

What to expect this month:

The investigative work involves on-terminal and in-water geotechnical work. During this time, you may notice a barge equipped with a drill rig and crane. Workers will be drilling test holes to provide information that will support the final detailed design for the project.

Hours of work:

Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional notification will be sent out if work is needed outside of regular hours.

Current traffic impacts:

Currently, traffic is not anticipated to be affected.

Detours are currently anticipated to begin as early as the first week of June. Additional details will be provided in future updates.

Once detours begin, residents and businesses along Hastings, Powell, Dundas, Nanaimo and McGill are likely to notice an increase in truck traffic for the duration of these projects. Truck traffic will continue to only use approved major road network routes, as overseen by TransLink.

Port road users can expect the following changes to traffic patterns:

  • Clark Drive overpass will be CLOSED as an entrance to port lands, except to emergency vehicles.
  • Clark Drive overpass will remain open as an exit from port lands.

Alternate routes include:

  • Commercial vehicle traffic (container trucks, dump trucks) enter from the Commissioner Street entrance.
  • Passenger and service vehicle traffic (courier vans, catering trucks, non-industrial vehicles) may enter from Commissioner Street or use the Heatley Avenue overpass (prior to its removal in late 2020).

Project timeline

  • 2015 – The projects began with early discussions with partners, Aboriginal 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 → (we are here)
  • June 2019 – Construction begins
  • August 2019 – In-water construction begins, timed to minimize impact to marine life
  • Fall 2020 – Centennial Road overpass complete
  • Fall 2020-spring 2021 – Heatley Road overpass removal
  • 2022 – Construction complete
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  • 350 full-time equivalent jobs per year during construction period
  • 800-900 new jobs for ongoing operations related to the expansion
  • 1700-1900 jobs estimated to be created in the greater port economy (logistics, supply chain, transloading, distribution).
  • Pursuing a minimum of Envision Gold certification. Envision is a sustainable infrastructure rating system that uses a comprehensive framework of 60 sustainability criteria that address a full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts.
  • Pursuing LEED Gold certification for the new Centerm operations and administration building.
  • Environmental mitigation efforts based on air quality, noise, and marine and terrestrial environmental studies to minimize anticipated environmental effects.
  • Creation of Maplewood Restoration Project on the North Shore to create high-grade marine habitat as an offset.
  • Remove port-related traffic from city roads
  • Mitigate construction impacts (noise, traffic)

 

We acknowledge that while port-related developments may provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential negative 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.

See the consultation on Port Talk. (Now closed for comments)

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]