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Change is in the Air at YVR: June Construction Update

There are several key projects currently taking place that will enhance the airport experience. This includes our biggest sustainability projects to date, new parking options, terminal expansions and much more.

Some projects you may see on Sea Island this month include:

  • Construction is underway to prepare for Phase II of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. This phase is scheduled to open in Spring 2019 and will deliver 84,000 square feet of additional retail space. In anticipation of this opening, BC Hydro has started utilities work around the intersection Grant McConachie Way and Templeton Street. Equipment is staged in the area and preparatory work has begun. This construction period will not impact traffic.
  • Various early works are continuing in the old Value Lot (adjacent to the Parkade) to prepare for the construction of a new six-storey parking lot and Central Utilities Building. This work includes fence and hoarding installation, grubbing, some minor traffic control measures around the exit toll plaza and exploration work on roadways nearby.
  • As part of the construction taking place east of the Parkade, utilities work has started and involves hydrovac investigation. This work will take place in phases, overnight. It is expected to be complete by the end of July. There will be no power disruption. This first phase will have progressive lane closures along Eastbound Grant McConachie Way and immediately south of the express pay lanes. Two toll booth lanes will be occupied during this work, but all other lanes will remain open. Please follow all directional signage and traffic control. The hours of work will be 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and the expected finish date is early June.
  • As part of the jetSet Parking lot reconfiguration project, the cell phone lot has been temporarily relocated. There is clear directional signage to the interim lot. Once the cell phone lot re-opens, it will be paved and have WiFi, offering an improved customer experience.
  • The curbside enhancement project continues which includes work to the sidewalk along the Departures level. There are several construction zones set up along the departures level which impact sidewalk and curb access.
  • Work is taking place in the Domestic Transfer and In Transit Pre-Clearance Facilities as well as the International Terminal security screening area to introduce CATSA Plus, a high performance security screening system. Passenger routing may be modified for short periods of time around work areas. Any noisy work will take place at night to limit disruptions.
  • Construction has begun on the North Runway End Safety Area (RESA). All YVR’s runways will have 300-metre RESAs, double the recommended Canadian standards. RESAs protect the travelling public in the unlikely event of an aircraft overrun or undershoot. This construction is expected to be completed in November and will include night time work. We are doing our best to minimize impact to our neighbours in Richmond, Vancouver’s south slope and Burkeville and encourage anyone who has more questions about construction to visit our website or to email [email protected].
  • Preparation work is underway as we relocate utilities as part of the above mentioned North Runway RESA project. Equipment and material will be visible from Ferguson Road.

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