Checking Culvert Choices for Highway Crossing Critters Near Nanaimo

July 30, 2014
Critters in culverts

                                    If you were an amphibian or reptile, what kind of culvert would you choose to cross under the highway? For us, it’s an important question because the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure wants these critters to use culverts as tunnels, to move safely below highways. We really don’t want them risking their necks (though it’s difficult to identify the neck on a snake or frog) by crossing over pavement. So, we’re testing two kinds of culverts in the Nanaimo area, to see which passage is preferred. The different designs affect the temperature, light and humidity of each culvert’s interior. To find out which culvert the creatures – those like toads, turtles, salamanders, snakes and newts – choose, we’re using cameras to capture their travels. Check out this video and see if...

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Why We Have 5 Big Questions about Solar Roadways

July 25, 2014
Solar road

There’s been a lot of talk about solar roadways lately, and since we’ve started to get questions about them, we thought we’d let you know where we stand on the issue. The idea of using our roads to generate...

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Bridging Rogers Creek to Protect Port Alberni

July 19, 2014
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There’s a lot of digging and bridging going on at Rogers Creek in Port Alberni. The ministry is replacing the culvert, which runs under the Port Alberni Highway, with a 44-metre-long single span steel girder bridge. The bridge will...

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3 Things You Need To Know About How We Update Information on DriveBC

July 16, 2014
Hwy 99

DriveBC is our most popular website and it’s easy to see why. It’s the place you go to find out everything you need to know about road conditions and events across the province and to make informed decisions about...

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Only You Can Prevent Roadside Wildfires

July 16, 2014
BC wildfire

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure works around the clock with safety in mind, but we need your help with something. Could you butt out? You heard us right, we need you to put that cigarette butt out properly...

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16 Ways BikeBC is Opening Up the Road for BC Cyclists

July 11, 2014
Biking BC

“Brains before beauty, wear your helmet!” – Unknown Good advice. I’m noticing more and more people taking up cycling as a way to get out and enjoy the scenery, but one of the most popular reasons is to get their...

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What We Do with Abandoned Vehicles on BC Highways

July 10, 2014
road maintenance on BC Highway

Parked along the highway, abandoned vehicles can be eerie, mysterious, even menacing…. You can’t help but wonder…what happened to the occupants? What is the story behind the vehicle left behind? Whenever the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure employees or...

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