Road Improvements

Every year, the Corporation of Delta undertakes Road Improvement Projects as part of Delta's commitment to improving the transportation system residents use every day. Sites are selected based on a number of factors including community needs, school routes, pedestrian safety, pavement condition, and other utility upgrade needs such as water or sewer mains.

Road Construction Process

The road construction process includes a number of stages. If road improvements are being done in your neighbourhood, you can expect to see the following typical process stages occur:

  • Survey crews will establish control lines (setting reference points in the existing pavement or in landscaped areas) to guide the construction crews.
  • Vegetation within the road allowance will be removed. Please note: the contractor will primarily be working within the road allowance; however, some private plantings located near property lines or within the road allowance may be impacted. If there are any plants you wish to preserve within this area, we ask that you relocate the smaller plant material and other items from the site at this point. A Delta representative will be available on site to answer any questions. The contractor can assist with the removal of larger items, such as shrubs, with on-site equipment. These items would be removed and placed on private property for re-planting by residents; the survival of these items cannot be guaranteed by the Corporation of Delta.
  • If underground utility works such as water or sewer mains are being installed within the contractor's work program, the installations will begin before any road works. Utility work includes: installing new pipe, valves, fittings and/or manholes (no interruption of service should occur during this time), pressure testing, chlorinating (watermain only) and flushing of the main, and adding new service to each residence. Please note: when the new service is being connected to your home, there will be a disruption of service. The contractor will provide 48 hours advanced notice when this work is scheduled to occur.
  • If street lights are included in the works, the concrete bases will likely be installed before curb and gutters are placed. The electrical conduits will follow later.
  • Concrete curb and gutter and concrete sidewalk will be placed; this includes new driveway access to your home. Once the concrete has been placed, vehicles cannot cross the curb or the sidewalk without causing possible damage. During this time, you will be asked to park your cars on the street and refrain from driving on the new concrete for a minimum of three days following each placement. 72 hour notice will be provided to residents when these works impacting driveway access will take place and we will work with residents with mobility concerns to provide access as required.
  • Any electrical conduits will be placed behind new curb.
  • A base layer of asphalt will be installed once the concrete curb has cured sufficiently and all utility work is completed.
  • Driveway restorations will be done to tie in your existing driveway to the new road.
  • Landscaping (decorative retaining walls, top soil placements, sod work) will typically begin after the base layer of asphalt is placed and before the final pavement layer is installed.
  • The final pavement layer will be installed, followed by any line painting.
  • Final landscaping and site clean-up will complete the project.

Street trees may be planted by Delta crews after the contractor completes the project. Plantings will occur within one year of the final road construction and take place in either the spring or fall. Precise locations for street trees that are suitable will be confirmed at that time, and residents affected will be contacted to identify locations and species.  

Canada Post mail delivery may be interrupted during the construction works. Delta, the contractor and Canada Post will work hard to reduce any service delivery inconvenience. Should postal service need to be temporarily held, Canada Post will notify you directly.

There are many steps involved in roadway upgrades. Unfortunately, this type of work will have impacts to residents during the construction period. However, we do strive to minimize impact as much as possible, and will make all efforts to provide advanced notice for planned access or service impacts.

Contact Information

If you have any question regarding the process described, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-946-3260.

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