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‘Urgent’ water main replacement prompts closure of East Vancouver thoroughfare

East 12th Avenue will be closed for much of the summer for water main replacement. .
East 12th Avenue will be closed for much of the summer for water main replacement. . Global News

Crosstown commuters in Vancouver may need to re-evaluate their route this summer, with the city closing several blocks of one of its major east-west thoroughfares for much of the summer.

City crews are replacing the water main underneath East 12th Avenue, a piece of infrastructure the city says was installed in the early 1900s.

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The city says the line is now in “critical condition following a series of recent leaks,” and that the road was closed to traffic Tuesday morning.

According to the city, the “urgent work” will result in the closure of East 12th Avenue from Kingsway to Fraser Street, with work starting in early July with completion estimated by Labour Day.

Crews are slated to work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work on weekends as necessary, though the road will be closed around the clock.

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The city said work will not obstruct access for local residents and businesses, but that parking will be restricted.

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It added that residents in the area may “occasionally notice cloudy water,” but that it does not represent a health hazard and should resolve within several hours of being noticed.

Earlier this year, the city warned drivers of road upgrades scheduled for the summer covering some 30 kilometres of the street.

You can see full details of those projects here.