The City of Port Moody's Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project will upgrade two aging sanitary sewer mains located along the north side of the Shoreline Trail. These sewer mains are critical components of our sanitary sewer network. The project also includes upgrades to the Shoreline Trail between Murray Street and Old Orchard Park. Additionally, the bridge over Noons Creek will be replaced. Construction is expected from May 2022 through late 2023.

Project Timeline

Phase 1 of the Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project is complete. The paved section of the trail from Murray Street to Old Orchard Park, which was closed intermittently during Phase 1 construction, is currently open and will remain available for use until Phase 2 construction begins in May 2023.

updated shoreline timeline

This work is weather dependent, and the construction schedule is subject to change.

Phase 2 impact

Pedestrians and cyclists

Starting from May 2023, the second phase of the Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project will result in the closure of the section of upper paved pathway that runs from the 3200 block of Murray Street near the railroad track to Old Orchard Park (630 Alderside Road). This closure will be in effect throughout the construction period and, for safety reasons, the trail will not be accessible outside of construction hours. The detour route used in the first phase will be reinstated to guide trail users during the closure.

The construction project also includes access improvements. Construction related to these improvements will lead to the closure of paved trail access points from Sentinel Road and San Remo Drive. Access to Old Orchard Park from the Old Orchard Hall parking lot will be temporarily unavailable, but the lower gravel trail can still be accessed via Old Orchard Park and San Remo Drive.

For information on the detour route, see our map below; detour signs will also be in place on the trail to guide you. Please note the detour route features unpaved trail sections, steep slopes, and railway crossings. During the closure, cyclists must use the detour route as bicycles are not permitted on the lower gravel trail.

Detour route (click map to enlarge):

Detour map for shoreline trail

Traffic and Parking

Traffic – there will be some disruption to traffic on Murray Street, near the trail entrance, including times when westbound traffic may be reduced to a single lane. In addition, Sentinel Road will be changed to one-way traffic in the westbound direction.

Parking – there will be restrictions to parking at Old Orchard Hall to accommodate construction vehicles and equipment. In addition, parking will be temporarily removed:

  • on the south side of Ioco Road, between Avalon Drive and Sentinel Road; 
  • on the north and south side of Sentinel Road; and
  • on the south side of San Remo Drive, up to the CPR rail crossing.

Project details

This project will upgrade an existing gravity sanitary sewer main and an existing low pressure sanitary sewer main which are both located along the north side of the Shoreline Trail. Work on the sewers will primarily be conducted through trenchless (limited excavation) technology.

The improvements to the existing Shoreline Trail paved pathway will include widening some areas, new asphalt surface, and improved drainage. New benches, wayfinding and interpretive signage, and environmental and riparian area improvements will also be included in this project. 

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Stakeholder engagement

In developing this project, we have engaged with the following stakeholder groups:

  • Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Seniors Focus Group
  • HUB - Tri-Cities Group
  • Environmental Protection Committee
  • Environmental Stewardship Groups
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Transportation Committee

In addition, the City conducted a public survey about potential Shoreline Trail improvements in August 2020. City staff presented a report seeking funding for the recommended options for the rehabilitation of the shoreline trail sanitary sewers and pathway (Item 4.2) at the November 3, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. The report included an attachment summarizing the feedback received via the survey. City staff presented a second report seeking funding for the recommended project options to Council at the November 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting.

Environmental Impact

The project area has significant environmental and wildlife value including intact riparian habitat, large urban forests, and salmon-bearing creeks. As part of the sewer replacement project, the environmental features have been mapped and catalogued to understand potential impacts the projects may have on these sensitive habitats. The goal of the City and this project is to avoid and minimize project-related impacts to the environment. For example, reducing the number of tree removals is a critical consideration that has guided the decision-making process to date. 

The project area is archaeologically sensitive and archaeological investigations have taken place to guide the project design. Additionally, monitoring will continue during construction to further mitigate the risk of encountering archaeologically sensitive material.


Shoreline Trail, between Murray Street and Old Orchard Park

Shoreline Trail map


Project Engineer