Commissioner Street road and rail improvements

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is undertaking a road work project to widen and realign Commissioner Street to the north between Nanaimo Street and Slocan Street in order to make room for Canadian Pacific (CP) to add additional rail track. This project is being done to help support the capacity needed on the south shore to move goods, and it received funding in 2018 from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund.

The project includes:

  • Removal of the old Columbia Containers grain elevator
  • Changes to Commissioner Street near Columbia Containers, includes shifting the road north, paving and adding a new lane
  • Construction of a retaining wall
  • Future installation of an additional rail track next to current tracks, from four tracks to six tracks (led by CP)

These improvements will:

  • Improve port truck movements and traffic flows
  • Improve access to terminal facilities for commercial traffic
  • Enable safe and efficient access to port lands for employees and service providers
  • Provide land for rail track expansion, supporting trade growth and increased local and national job

Current Commissioner Street




Coming soon


Proposed Commissioner Street

Current activity

The first work that will happen on this project is that the port authority will demolish the old Columbia Containers grain elevator to make room for road work anticipated to take place on Commissioner Street.  Prior to demolition, the port authority will ensure that any hazardous materials used in the original building are identified and safely removed to be disposed of at a licensed facility.

Timing of demolition:

  • February 2020 to March 2020
  • Weekdays and weekends (no work will occur on statutory holidays)
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Timing of geotechnical drilling and site investigation:

  • Sunday February 24, 2020
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Current traffic impacts for demolition works and geotechnical drilling and site investigation works:

  • February 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.: full road closure on Commissioner Street at Columbia Containers, as well as on Commissioner Street approximately 10m east of VACS on the eastbound lane
  • February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.: single-lane alternating traffic on Commissioner Street at Columbia Containers

What to expect

During demolition, an excavator and/or a crane will be used to demolish the grain elevator and load materials into dump trucks to be disposed of at a licensed facility. Water may be used to control dust from demolition activity. Nearby residents and businesses can anticipate noise associated with construction activities, such as concrete crushing, banging, and scraping associated with demolition and loading materials into trucks.

Columbia Containers grain elevator that will be demolished.


The below timeline shows historical events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline. Dates subject to change.

  • January 2020 – March 2020 Deconstruction of the old Columbia Containers grain elevator
  • June 2020 – January 2021  Road realignment period
  • Q1 2021 – Completion of road realignment
  • June 2020 – January 2021  Construction of retaining wall(s)
  • Q1 2023 – Construction of rail portion
  • Q3 2023 – Completion of Cascadia support track project

Funding partners

Funding for this project is provided by the Government of Canada’s through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and CP. Project value $84.2 million.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.

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