Tri-Cities residents accustomed to easy travel through Port Moody during the Thanksgiving Day long weekend may want to stock up on some extra turkey stuffing.
Barnet Highway overpass just west of Ioco Road will be shut down the entire weekend as part of the construction for the Evergreen Line.
The plan to shut the road down completely for three days was presented to Port Moody city council Tuesday.
Evergreen Line officials insist the road closure is necessary to carry out construction work on the Inlet Centre Station to be located at Barnet and Ioco.
More specifically, the plan is to build and install an underpass along the stretch of road, all in one weekend.
Crews will be working 24/7 to get the work done.
"It will be quite a unique and exciting project," said James Chandler, project manager with the City of Port Moody.
The plan is to build a concrete pre-built cast box about 35 metres in length. The box will then be pushed through the road, while excavators will be backfilling the tunnel as the box moves through.
The road will be resurfaced and opened at the end of the weekend if all goes as planned.
Chandler noted planning for the major construction event is already underway and will carry on through the summer.
The Evergreen Line group said it would be working with community groups and stakeholders like Eagle Ridge Hospital so the public is aware of the road closure. One lane of travel will be open to emergency vehicles only during the three-day period.
In the meantime, the Evergreen Line officials also provided an update on construction efforts so far.
Work continues on the North Portal tunnel, with the tunnel-boring machine expected on site by December.
A decision for how the spoil, or earth removed to create the tunnel, will be removed from the site is expected in the next four to six weeks.
Moving east along the line, construction is underway removing trees and utilities as part of the Moody Centre Station. Several residents living near the future line have come forward in recent weeks to express concern over the removal of trees, especially along the West Coast Express line in the Moody Centre area.
Amanda Farrell, the Evergreen Line's project director, explained the trees needed to be removed to accommodate the line, but noted the contractor is doing a tree inventory. The Evergreen group has pledged to replace trees on one-for-one basis.
However, Farrell noted the ratio doesn't apply for trees removed along the rail line.
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