Commissioner Street Road and Rail Realignment Project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is undertaking a roadwork project to widen and realign Commissioner Street to the north between Nanaimo Street and Slocan Street in order to make room for Canadian Pacific Railway (“CPR”) to add additional rail tracks. This project is being done to help support the capacity needed on the south shore to move goods, and it received funding in 2019 from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund.

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The project includes:

  • Removal of the old Columbia Containers grain elevator (COMPLETED)
  • Changes to Commissioner Street near Columbia Containers, includes shifting the road north, paving and adding a new lane
  • Construction of a retaining wall
  • Relocation of the impacted utilities including the Harbour East Interceptor
  • Future installation of additional rail tracks next to current tracks, from four tracks to six tracks (led by CPR)

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 activity

The old Columbia Containers grain elevator has now been demolished. We are working on the final design of the road realignment, and anticipate we will install the retaining wall and start road work this fall.

Current view of the site


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

  • October 2020– December 2021: Road improvement works
  • Q1 2022 – Q1 2024: Rail improvement works

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. 

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.

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