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  1. Thelma Graham on December 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    On December 9, 2016 I was travelling from Vancouver to Langley on HWY. I had been at a concernt and had not been aware of the snowfall during the evening. I left Vancouver using 1st Avenue. Up until that moment all went well. The road was clear and traffic flowing normally. As I merged onto HWY 1 i noticed that ther was significant snow cover on the roadway. As I passed Boundary and Grandview the snow cover increased until by the time I had passed Willingdon there was an amazing amount of snow on the road. A long story short, until I cam up to the Port Mann Bridge it did not appear that there was any snow clearance or sanding being done. NO Snowplow or sanding truck was seen during the 30 minutes I was on that road. After the Bridge the snow clearance remained poor if not non-existant. I decided to get off the highway at 176st and just as I was about exit I saw a snow plow as it entered East bound onto the freeway – too late for me. All main roads, 176, 32, 200 St and 16 Avenue were in good condition for the weather as the cities of Surrey and Langley had snow plows out. WHERE WAS THE SNOW CLEARANCE ON HWY 1? The condition of the main highway was the worst of any road I travelled on that night. In my opinion, the contractor for this area of the Highway needs to be held accountable for any accident that occurred and must provide better snow clearance services.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hello Thelma,

      Thank you for sharing your concern with us here. We have shared your comment with the local area office for review.

    • tranbceditor on December 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hello Thelma,

      We sent your concern forward to the local area office and they responded directly to you via email however, we wanted to share their response here for you just in case.

      We thank you for bringing your experience to our attention. Mainroad is responsible for plowing of Hwy 1, through the Port Mann highway 1 stretch. As I am sure you are aware, during a heavy snow storm, there will always be snow on the roads. As part of our post storms de-brief with our contractor, we will be discussing the snow storm on the 9th.

  2. Greg on December 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, I just notice that BC require winter tire on most Highways. If travel from other provinces do we still mandatory for the winter tire since we don’t mandatory in our province. Thank you!

  3. Jim on December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Intersection of Mt Lehman & Fraser Hwy. 2 of the corners have slip lanes, 2 do not. The 2 that do not are the ones coming directly from the highway offramps. When they get to intersection, a very high number of these drivers have not woken up from their “highway hypnosis”. The lane on the north east corner is the worst one. A high number of drivers will approach the red light, and only slow, and force their way out into traffic. Many hardly even slow down. They do this while cutting off traffic that has a left turn signal from the left side of the intersection. I have witnessed very many near misses, and countless fail to yields and fail to stop. All the while these right turning drivers are not looking at all to the right for pedestrians. Please implement a no right on red policy for these 2 lanes, or at least the one on the north east side.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your comment. We have shared it forward with the local area office for review.

  4. June Blake on December 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Hi, I am wondering why if there is a heat wrap for taps outside in the cold weather to prevent them from freezing why don’t the bridges have these wraps made up longer to plug in somewhere in the wiring of lights to heatup the cables to prevent ice bombs in cold weather? In the long run it would prove to be cheaper than paying guys to cable up n down each line with chains during cold snaps.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hi June,

      Good question. We have sent it forward to our Bridge Engineers for review. Thanks for connecting with us here and stay tuned for a response.

  5. Dillon on December 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Wondering if I am able to embed your service map into my own google map?

  6. Hans Louwe on December 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Spent a good deal of Dec. 29&30 in the east kootenay. Countless wrecks and even fatalities. The average Joe is blaming the highway maintenance contractor. I can’t comment on that, however I noticed huge volumes of liquid calcium being applied all over the place. Near Jaffery today, I had to slow down for a 5 vehicle accident. Even at slow speeds braking was scary. Shortly thereafter another two cars in the ditch. The highway is a skating rink but looks deceptively safe. It was minus. 6 C and it was still being applied. The Ministry of Highways is turning the highways in the east kootenay into very unsafe conditions. I understand that liquid calcium freezes when the temperature falls below 25 degreesF. I am no expert, but after 50 years of winter driving in the west kootenay, I would much prefer a light sanding of grit over liquid calcium that freezes 100 percent of the time.

    • tranbceditor on January 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hello Hans,

      Mainroad East Kootenay, our highway contractor in this area (Service Area 11), uses a product called calcium chloride brine solution. They mix it in house and by weight and it is 23% sodium chloride brine which is then mixed in 3:1 ratio with calcium chloride. It has been tested and the eutectic freeze point, road temperature, is -23. Operationally it has been tested for the previous 2 winters to road temperatures of -15 in SA 11 with success. When applied it does look like it is slippery as the material on the road is very reflective and appears to slick, but it is still in liquid form and not frozen. The solution belongs to our recognized products list and is the same product used in other jurisdictions in the US and Canada as well as other BC maintenance contractors.

      A winter chemical is the only effective and quickest way to restore traction by removing snow and ice once road temperatures drop below -6. Winter abrasive is short term solution as it doesn’t stay on the road for long periods of time due to wind, traffic and additional plowing, nor does it remove snow or ice. Hope that this helps!

  7. emily on December 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi there
    Could the Hwy 3 for Allison Pass please get plowed. Heading from Hope to Princeton there are 2 lanes each way, but only 1 lane is clear to drive in heading east. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on January 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your comment. We have shared your comment forward for review and follow up but wanted to let you know that in the future, if you notice a problem or something that causes you concern on any BC highway, you can contact our maintenance contractor directly with your issues as well. Here’s a link to their information: https://www.th.gov.bc.ca/popular-topics/maps/serviceareacontacts.htm#map

  8. Crystal Remedios on January 4, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I am deeply saddened to see all the great vintage traffic lights In the 70s & 80s era being destroyed in favor of new garbage traffic lights. It’s not the same anymore. I really wish I could turn back time and relive the moment where all the great green traffic lights in Vancouver were with us. I really wish we can bring those retro traffic lights back, how about making a separate place where we can put old traffic lights back and enjoy the memories, the love. If there is someone who sells old traffic lights, I would like to know.

    • tranbceditor on January 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      Our traffic engineers were thrilled to hear about your love of older vintage traffic lights. They told us that, under our electrical maintenance contracts, hardware is disposed of by our electrical contractors and generally you would have to contact either Raylec or Cobra directly to know their recycle processes.

      http://raylecpower.ca/

      http://www.cobraelectric.com/

      Hope that this helps.

  9. Ron Dworsky on January 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The intersection of 8th Ave and 172nd Street fall under your jurisdiction. How many more people will die there before you take action.
    This intersection highly needs the installation of flashing warning lights on both west and east of the lights. Commercial semi trucks speeding to the intersection blow right through yellow and red lights. There has to be warnings lights so they prepare to stop.
    Please keep us safe.

    • tranbceditor on January 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Ron and thank you for connecting with us here. We have sent your concern forward to the local area manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment and for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with the area manager who informed us that We have communicated with ICBC regarding their “Red Light Camera” program and ICBC have included this location for review and our district engineer is scheduled to visit the site to perform a speed survey and make observations. Advanced Warning Flashers are typically located on high speed corridors and because 8th Avenue is posted 60 km/h, they likely won’t be installed.

  10. Wayne Barnhart on January 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Good morning,

    I Live in South Surrey south of 8th ave near the Peace Arch border crossing.

    8th avenue has a high volume of commercial trucks going to and from the border crossing on Hwy 15 and the intersection of 8ave/172 street can be a dangerous one with commercial trucks (and all vehicle types) blowing through that light.

    Is there any way to have warning lights installed to give the time needed to stop? There have been several accidents all ready and many near misses. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on January 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Hello Wayne and thank you for connecting with us here. We have sent your concern forward to the local area manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment and for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with the area manager who informed us that We have communicated with ICBC regarding their “Red Light Camera” program and ICBC have included this location for review and our district engineer is scheduled to visit the site to perform a speed survey and make observations. Advanced Warning Flashers are typically located on high speed corridors and because 8th Avenue is posted 60 km/h, they likely won’t be installed.

  11. David on January 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I was almost hit by a truck travelling westbound 8th ave and 172nd street. This could be a potential accident for someone who does not look before proceeding.

  12. Bruce Carson on January 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    In the United States mountain passes and other areas of snowfall have electronic signs that indicate when snow tires or chains are required. These are the ONLY times such tires are required by law. I would suggest that the Malahat highway would be better served with such a system. There are a very few days when snow tires are required. Some years, none. Besides the extra expense forced on drivers, winter tires are not as safe as rain tires on wet roads, by far the most prevalent condition on the Malahat.

  13. Gary on January 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I work near the Hard Casino in United Blvd in Coquitlam and live on the south side of the Fraser. It would be much quicker and shorter if I could use the Fawcett Rd truck on/off ramps. Why are these ramps not open to cars? It would make more sense in moving traffic to the industrial area on United Blvd.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Hi Gary,

      We have sent your question into the district office for review. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on January 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Hello Gary,

      We spoke with the local area manager who informed us that the Fawcett Road ramps, previously restricted to commercial vehicles only, are now open to general purpose traffic between the hours of 9pm – 5am on weekdays and on weekends. This change was brought into effect last year, and the associated news release is available at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016TRAN0215-001387?WT.cg_n=Hootsuite.

      The original intent for the truck only ramps was to provide a direct and efficient connection between Highway 1 and United Boulevard for commercial vehicles. This was a result of direct consultation with key stakeholders, including business in the United Boulevard area and the BC Trucking Association. Upon review of post-construction traffic flow in this area, the change was made to provide general traffic with safe access to United Boulevard and local businesses during lower volume off-peak hours.

      The ministry will continue to monitor to ensure the ramps remain safe and efficient, and currently there are no plans to extend the hours for general traffic use.

      Hope that this helps!

  14. Anonymous on January 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Message:
    When are you going to replace burned out lights in the Massey Tunnel?
    Lights in the first few hundred feet of the northbound entrance is almost all burned out and dozens of the remaining lights both sides are not working. When drivers don’t put on their headlights it makes it a very dangerous drive.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Hello,

      Our electrical crew is aware of the problem and maintenance crews are currently working in the tunnel to repair spot outages. Work should be completed early next week. Hope that this helps!

  15. Amber Woodworth on January 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I am writing to bring to your attention, as you may already be aware, that the roads of Shawnigan Lake are in neglectful, hazardous condition.
    The majority of our roads around the lake are windy, as well as hilled and primarily have insufficient shoulder space. In my nine years of living in Shawnigan lake, I have never felt safe to go for a run down the main road, as I know it would be a risk, due to fast traffic and blind corners.

    Our community lost a little girl this past weekend, when her father’s car hit a hydro pole after a windy, hilled and shoulder-less portion of Shawnigan lake road. I don’t know what it is going to take to have something done to improve the safety of our families, but I am hoping their family will not have suffered this in vein.

    I am asking you to meet with our regional directors to address the concerns that they have been trying to bring forward. We are a tenacious bunch, as you may know, and will further write letter upon letter to attract whatever attention is needed to bring our concerns to a place of serious awareness.

    I would also like to share with you that I, along with many families are concerned for the safety of our children as they stand by the roadside in the dark, awaiting a school bus. I understand that concerned residents were told that more street signs would cause “sign pollution” and cause drivers to ignore all of the signs due to repetition, etc. I have to say that your answer is lacking any creative solution to the real life safety issues families face every day, as a result of the condition of our roads (The Ministry of Transportation roads, your roads).
    We need increased awareness on our road sides that children are ahead (in the dark, just over that hill, or around yet another blind corner).
    Not to mention the dozens of tandem dump trucks that pass by our kids (our precious, irreplaceable little ones), all on their way to your local toxic waste pit. How are truck drivers to know that just ahead a small child may wander too near to the edge?

    The back roads and more rural areas are seriously scary at times.

    I think there could be tools put in place to encourage (or require) drivers to have to slow down.
    I would like to see digital speed signs (like they have on the highways) that would alert drivers to their speed.
    We have had so many tragedies on our roads in the past few years, and desperately need to be invested in.
    I am suggesting that we be given increased bus stop signs in the rural areas of the lake (the areas without streetlights or road shoulders.)
    I suggest that you drop the speed around the lake to an even 50km. (Most drivers just assume it’s 60km as an excuse to go faster). This will cause less “room for interpretation” of our speed limits.

    Lastly, I would like to point out to you that Shawnigan Lake first responders are also first responders for the Malahat section of the Trans Canada highway. I can only imagine that being a first responder on the Malahat would be challenging enough, but add to it the weight of responding to your own neglected roads, where any call could be your friend, your neighbor, your family.

    We collectively, as a community need the support and action of the Ministry of Transportation.
    I hope that we won’t be disappointed.

    Thank you,

    • tranbceditor on January 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Hello Amber,

      Thank you for your letter and for sharing your concerns with us. We have been meeting with regional directors from the CVRD to identify and discuss small scale improvements that are important to the community of Shawnigan Lake roads and will continue to do so. Our local area manager has put forward a funding request for improvements in the area including: signage, lane markings and intersection improvements. Thanks again for connecting with us here. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  16. Kevin Hanna on January 31, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    In BC what are the rules on where a 30 km School Zone can be placed? In our neighbourhood the school fronts onto a side street with a posted 30Km school zone 8am -5pm. The much busier street beside the school has a school zone sign but with no speed limit. Therefore vehicles can travel at 50km (although most travel much faster).

    Can both school zones around the school be designated as 30 km zones?

    • tranbceditor on February 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We are only responsible for setting speed limits on the provincial highway system and it sounds like this question is best directed to your local municipality for review. Hope that this helps!

  17. Jon Head on February 7, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I would like to know if Dorothy Rd and David Rd north of Union Bay will be plowed and sand like all the rest of the side roads off highway 19A?
    Dorothy Rd has turned into a sheet of ice and making it almost impossible to get to highway 19A.
    This is causing a dangerous situation as people drive up the steep grade of hill on Dorothy Rd to make it up to highway 19 A may not be able to stop at the stop sign at the top of Dorothy and slide into on coming traffic travelling north on highway 19A

    Thanks

    • tranbceditor on February 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Jon – I phoned in your request to our maintenance contractor Emcon Services. They will follow up with you via email.

      • Jon Head on February 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

        Thank you for phoning in my request. The road crew plowed the road that afternoon. Hopefully it will remain on there list to plow and sand.

        Jon

        • tranbceditor on February 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

          Glad to hear this Jon. Thanks for letting us know.

  18. Deborah Robinson on February 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I am stunned to find out that there are trucks plowing and clearing the parking lot on wembly centre before making the government contract routes safe.We are in Qualicum bay and the “d”routes are still dangerous. No sand/gravel has been even laid down up off the main Meadow wood area roads.

    • tranbceditor on February 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Deborah. Can you please include what roads specifically need attention? We will phone in to our maintenance contractor Emcon Services 1-866-353-3136. Thank you.

  19. Ran on February 11, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Hi, there

    I live on UBC campus, at the crossing by east mall and thunderbird boulevard. One of the traffic lights changed from pedestrian controlled to automatic changing lights that constantly beeps. I woke up last night and the sound was quite disturbing since everything else quiets down and I had a hard time falling asleep. There are student housing and other commercial housing right by this crossing and it might disturb other residents. Is it possible that the sound can be muted coz it did not use to have the beeping.

    Thanks

    • tranbceditor on February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Hi there,

      We have sent your comment forward to the local area office for review. Stay tuned.

  20. Graeme Stevens on February 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    The northbound righthand turn lane from Hwy 11/Sumas Way onto Hwy 1 eastbound needs to be cleared of snow. The entire right turn lane is covered and inaccessible causing a backlog of cars along Hwy 11/Sumas during rush hour.

    • tranbceditor on February 15, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for this information Graeme. We have shared it forward with the local area office for follow up.

    • tranbceditor on February 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Hello again Graeme,

      We heard back from the area manager who informed us that he contacted the maintenance contractor, Emil Anderson and discussed this issue with their Abbotsford area foreman. All the snow has melted in that area now and the issue is no longer a concern, but he asked the foreman to keep an eye on the right turn lane in the future to ensure that the accumulations do not impede the movement of vehicles from Highway 11 to the eastbound ramp. Thanks again for connecting with us here and sharing your concern. Hope that this helps!

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