Vancouver's 12th Avenue set to re-open Wednesday afternoon

Vancouver commuters are getting early relief from one of this summer’s biggest traffic headaches.

The City of Vancouver just announced that the stretch of 12th Avenue between Kingsway and Fraser Street will re-open to traffic this afternoon, several days ahead of schedule. The closure was initially scheduled to be in place until Labour Day.

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Crews began construction along the thoroughfare July 2 to replace the aging water main, which was originally installed in the early 1900s. A new underground water main is expected to last about 100 years.

During construction, the city also made a number of improvements to the four-block stretch of 12trh Avenue, including accessibility and safety upgrades to the sidewalks, and a new curb bulge at the St. George intersection to reduce crossing distance for local school children.

“We thank all residents, businesses and commuters for their patience and understanding during these critical infrastructure upgrades,” the City said in a press release.

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