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‘Messing with our lives’: Burnaby resident frustrated road closing for Trans Mountain work

Noise, closures, dust and odours will impact area
(via Trans Mountain)

A notice has been sent out by Trans Mountain warning some Burnaby residents about disruptions coming to their neighbourhood in 2022 as work on the pipeline project continues.

And not all of the residents are happy about it.

The notice arrived this week about work that will be taking place in the Government Street area, which is located on the north side of Highway 1 and south of Lougheed Highway, just west of the Lougheed Town Centre mall.

A section of Government around Horne Street will be closed for approximately six months, says the notice reviewed by the NOW. A detour will be set up.

“This is messing with our lives,” said Terry, an area resident who didn’t want their last name used. “A few weeks is fine, but six months of this? How noisy will it be? I work from home and don’t want to have to hear a bunch of construction noise for a pipeline that I don’t support.”

Trans Mountain said in the notice that it will “abide” by noise mitigation measures set out in the plan that has been approved by the Canada Energy Regulator. Work is expected to take place Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the notice added that “some activities may occur 24/7.”

Some impacts of construction include noise, odours and dust, the notice says.

There will also be detours set up for the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail route in the area.

Trans Mountain has been cutting down approximately 1,300 trees on land to the south of Highway 1 and west of North Road along the Brunette River. This work has been the subject of multiple protests and arrests.

Government is a busy commuter route for drivers trying to avoid Lougheed Highway and those who have exited Highway 1.