Coal Creek Utility Replacement Project - Phase 3

Coal Creek Utility Replacement Project - Phase 3

To address aging infrastructure, improve water management and protect the environment from combined sewer overflows, the City of Port Alberni is continuing to separate the sewer and stormwater collection systems in your neighbourhood.

Project Overview

Starting July 8, 2019, City crews will break ground on Phase 3 of the Coal Creek Utility Replacement Project. Sewer, stormwater and watermain construction will take place on 6th Avenue from Montrose Street to Angus Street. Crews also plan to separate the sewer and stormwater collection systems on Montrose Street between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue.

The above work is a continuation from Phases 1 and 2 of the Coal Creek Utility Replacement Project which took place in 2017 and 2018. Combined, this project has upgraded 184 metres of stormwater pipe and 1,031 metres of sewer pipe. Crews have also upgraded 14 residential connection points along the project’s alignment.

Construction Plan 

City crews will mobilize on 6th Avenue at Montrose Street and progress north toward Angus Street. This section of the project involves sewer, stormwater and watermain installation, requiring the full span of the roadway for construction. As a result, 6th Avenue between Montrose and Angus will be closed in short sections to through traffic. When the majority of the 6th Avenue work is complete, crews will mobilize on Montrose Street and work east to 9th Avenue.

Construction Schedule*

6th Ave. installation             July - Aug. 2019
Montrose St. installation      Aug. - Sept. 2019
System testing/tie-ins         Sept. 2019
Restoration                          Oct. 2019

*Please note this construction schedule is subject to change

Hours of Work

Work will generally occur Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, there may be times when crews will need to work longer hours or on weekends to maintain the construction schedule.


Access to residences will be maintained at all times; however, there may be times when construction activities temporarily block a driveway and local residents may not be able to access their property by vehicle. To help reduce inconvenience, City staff will:

• provide advance notice when driveways will be blocked;
• determine alternate options for access and parking, if available;
• keep emergency services informed;
• update residents and stakeholders on project progress; and
• be available to answer questions and address concerns.

If a resident affected by this construction has special access requirements, they are encouraged to contact Public Works to make special arrangements (250-720-2840.)

For more on this project, check out our fact sheet