BC Gateway Program
Since 2002, Hemmera has played an ongoing role as environmental managers for the largest transportation infrastructure projects in the history of British Columbia. The Gateway Program is a series of transit, road and bridge improvements, intended to improve the flow of people and goods throughout Metro Vancouver by offering efficient transportation choices and better connections to reduce delays and congestion, and help improve the region’s air quality.
Our contributions have been critical to each of the three projects that make up the Gateway Program. For two of the projects (the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project, and the Pitt River Bridge and Maryhill Interchange Project) we coordinated the environmental assessments, and provided First Nations consultation services. In 2006, we were put in charge of managing the contaminated sites work on all Gateway Program projects.
As environmental coordinator of the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project, our team was responsible for its environmental assessment process: we assembled the team of experts and developed plans for the assessment of a broad range of potential impacts, including air and water quality, fish habitat, wildlife, vegetation, contaminated sites and archaeology. The project team devised creative strategies for monitoring and addressing the possible effects of the proposed developments, from developing a fish habitat enhancement and restoration plan, to tracking the movements of sandhill cranes using satellite monitoring. In addition, we also managed a comprehensive First Nations and community relations program.