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Templeton Area Redevelopment Update

Construction Activities: week of July 27, 2020

Site work on the Templeton Area Redevelopment continues. Work is now underway to create the Templeton Corridor and conduct early works in preparation for development of the future facility. We are currently working with the contractor to revise the overall project timeline as there are inevitable deferments based on the two-month pause in work and resulting need to adjust plans based on required worked and seasonality. Construction activities for this phase are scheduled to take place through mid-2021.

As work progresses, we remain committed to keeping you updated on all scheduled construction and onsite activities. We continue to receive and respond to feedback, which includes requests to share more information and provide frequent updates.

Moving forward, we will provide regular snapshots or look-aheads to this subscriber list outlining current and completed work. We have also updated our website to include more information on what to expect during construction here.

Please encourage your neighbours to subscribe to these updates if they haven’t already by emailing [email protected].


Current project work is mainly comprised of utilities work—excavating utility trenches and removing and replacing utility infrastructure. Activities will also include work related to the preload process for the Terrace Street extension.

New this week: Our contractor will be initiating a pilot project to switch to Broadband Travel Alarms for all stationed onsite equipment. Broadband Travel Alarms or white sound alarms emit a “psssht-psssht-psssht” (listen here) instead of the “beep-beep-beep” of the tonal alarms they will be replacing. This pilot is an effort to minimize noise disturbance on the community while also keeping workers safe and remaining compliant with WorkSafe BC regulations.

The Broadband Travel Alarms will be installed once received from our supplier and will be piloted for efficacy in ensuring safety and reducing noise. We will provide an update once the new alarms are in use. While we are working with our main contractor to implement this new technology, it will not always be feasible for sub-contractors to install this technology on their work equipment for shorter assignments, so normal back up alarms may be heard.

Our team regularly visits the site to monitor various aspects of the project with our contractor, including noise and vibration levels, dust and air quality. We are committed to implementing mitigations that are proven effective and align with project requirements. We will continue to update the community with new information about mitigations as applicable. 


Work this week includes: 

  • Excavation for utility trenches
  • Underground utility removal
  • Underground utility installation including the installation of storm manholes
  • Hauling gravel and sand to and from site - all gravel and sand hauled to the site meets environmental regulations
  • Moving of existing onsite organic material (excavated material to be reused as filler)
  • Preparing lockblocks along the Terrace Street extension alignment in preparation for preload.

Regular onsite equipment includes:

  • Excavators
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Haul trucks
  • Concrete trucks
  • Compacting equipment
  • Forklift
  • Mobile crane

Traveling / back up alerts will continue to be heard on site this week. Broadband alerts have been ordered and the contractor awaits delivery for installation.

Our contractor has water trucks attending the site regularly to suppress dust and has also added screening to the YVR / Burkeville perimeter fence line as an additional mitigation. 

The project team continues to explore other potential mitigations to address other concerns we have received from the community regarding noise and vibrations.


Construction takes place within City of Richmond by-laws, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. An update will be provided if work is required outside of this timeframe.

Please note: plans, activities and onsite equipment are subject to change based on evolving project needs and weather.


If you have any questions or comments about construction-related activities, please contact [email protected].

For more information or general questions about Templeton Area Redevelopment Project including what you can expect for construction related activities, please visit the Templeton Redevelopment Project page.

Thank you for your support and patience as we work to complete this project safely and in a timely manner.

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