4 Types of Transportation Engineers

March 3, 2015
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March is National Engineering Month, a celebration of all Canadians who invent, design, build, maintain and improve. What better time to reflect on our own Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engineers? There are approximately 230 staff members in our Engineering Branch, representing four areas of expertise. Each type of engineer is vital for building and maintaining highways that are safe, reliable and have a minimal impact on the beautiful environments they run through. So, without further ado, here is...

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Can You Guess the BC Highway Mountain Pass Word Scramble?

February 24, 2015
Can You Guess the BC Highway Mountain Pass Word Scramble?

Mountain passes have always posed special challenges for engineers and travellers – ever since we started blazing foot trails, carving out wagon roads, and ultimately laying down highways. But while steep grades and fast-changing weather conditions demand extra caution,...

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Behind the Scenes: Hanging From a Rock Face for Avalanche Safety

February 16, 2015
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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Avalanche and Weather Program is changing the landscape of avalanche control in Canada. Dropping explosives from a helicopter has traditionally been our weapon of choice for triggering controlled avalanches. But some challenging terrain...

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BC RoadTrip Time Machine: The Malahat, circa 1966

February 10, 2015
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A while back, we posted an invitation to Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos. It was a fast-paced tour of the Coquihalla Highway from 2008 and an introduction to our Photolog program. That post received some positive reactions,...

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What NOT to wear on the Coquihalla

February 4, 2015
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It may be the 21st century, where almost anything goes as far as fashion is concerned…but don’t tell that to the Coquihalla. As far as this mountain pass is concerned, if you don’t show up for class in proper...

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How to Drive Around Snow Plows in BC

January 27, 2015
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Pop quiz! You’re driving a two-lane highway after a fresh dumping of snow. You spot the flashing lights of a snow plow up ahead in the left lane. You… a) Speed up to get ready to pass in the...

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9 Reasons to Watch for Wildlife on Westside Road and Beyond

January 22, 2015
Bighorn Sheep in Okanagan

One of our ministry staff was driving along Westside Road near Kelowna recently and got a bit of a wildlife surprise. Nine bighorn sheep were gathered at the edge of the road, overlooking the lake! Have a look yourself:...

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