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Keeping Wildlife Moving Along the SFPR

Tracks SFPR

As people drive the new South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) from Surrey to Delta, a whole other world is unfolding around them. Creatures like otter, deer, mink, waterfowl, nesting birds, turtles and coyotes are going about their daily lives seeking food, raising their young and bedding down for some rest. That’s because when we developed the SFPR, to enhance mobility and safety for people, we worked hard to minimize disruptions for other living beings – like birds, wildlife and fish. Animals (like people) move about in their daily business, so during the SFPR’s project design, we looked at where creatures travelled within the area. Then we created or maintained connections for animals to travel to their various habitats. In total, we built 80 fish and wildlife crossings (mostly culverts) below the 40-kilometre SFPR corridor, to keep animals off the road and safe from traffic. Motion-sensors, time-lapse cameras and “track...

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3 Ways BikeBC Supports Cycling in B.C. Communities

North Vancouver Bike Lane

Local governments that want to expand cycling in their areas have until Sept. 30, 2014 to apply for BikeBC funding, in three categories. The funding supports larger and smaller projects, and projects that connect to the Gateway Program Cycling program in the Lower Mainland. When applying for the funding, local governments explain to BikeBC how new cycling lanes, trails and paths will increase physical activity and healthy living in their communities. Gateway Cycling Program funding is available to Lower Mainland communities that want to link to the Gateway Program cycling network. Projects can facilitate better connections to transit, cycling and pedestrian routes. The Provincial Cycling Investment Program contributes to major cycling infrastructure. Find out more at: motcycling@gov.bc.ca. The Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program assists with smaller-scale projects, such as bike lanes and paths through municipalities. BikeBC is creating opportunities for British Columbians to cycle to work and school, or for...

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17 Ways We’re Upgrading Travel for Drivers in Peace Region

road work

If you’ve been driving the south Peace River region recently, you may have noticed quite a few safety cones along the highway with all the work that’s going on. Well, there are more of those cones to come. Here’s a rundown of the work either already underway or that will begin this summer (with completion in the fall): Highway 2 Construction of 5.5 km of 4-laning between just south of the Highway 52 junction and 192nd road, widening of the Tupper Creek Bridge, and construction of two new bridges. Construction of 5.6 km of 4-laning between 8th Street and Rolla Road including intersection improvements. Highway 97 Construction of two km of 4-laning, one km south of Taylor – including chain-up and intersection improvements. Grade reduction on East Pine Overpass to increase clearance for industrial traffic. Replace the Bissett Creek Bridge south of Chetwynd. Resurface 30.7 km of Braden Road from the...

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What You Need to Know About the New Malahat Improvements


If you’ve been keeping up with our latest news, you’ve probably heard that we’ll be doing more work on the Malahat on Vancouver Island. We’ll be widening the highway and installing more median barrier to make the route safer. That construction will affect traffic, so if you travel to and from Victoria, here’s what you need to know: May: There will be periodic delays of up to 10 minutes for clearing and excavation. June: The Malahat Summit Rest area will be closed for the remainder of construction. June – September: We’ll be blasting rock, widening the highway and paving. There will be a construction zone speed limit of 60 km/h while this project is going on. Please drive safely, and watch for the Cone Zone! Here’s what we’re planning to do to minimize any impact this work might have on your travels: Southbound traffic will not be stopped between...

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes


Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to you? It means that you need to be extra cautious as you use this stretch of road, because you might have to stop where you used to go. If you travel this route frequently, you might have conditioned yourself to the old traffic pattern, making you less prepared to stop at the new crossing. The BC RCMP are also out to enforce this area, so please pay attention. This is...

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Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

Second Narrows Bridge sidewalk

Before we can widen the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge sidewalks, we have to make a little room. Last year, the ministry started looking at replacing the pedestrian railings on the bridge to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians since the narrow sidewalks  are a major constriction for travelers. After a thorough technical review earlier this year, it was decided to widen both sidewalks from 1.2 to 2.5 metres, install a new three-metre high safety fence and convert the bridge lighting to energy efficient LED lights. All good for increased safety and promoting mobility. To do that, we must first remove the previous sidewalks before constructing the new ones. Unfortunately the signs are in the way. Specifically, the supports for the existing signs are located outside the existing sidewalks therefore the new supports will be relocated along the inside of the new sidewalk. The new sidewalk will wrap around the new...

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Malahat Safety Improvements: Round Two


It’s full steam ahead for a second round of safety improvements on the Malahat, with work expected to kick off in May and finish in the spring of 2015. Once this work is completed, over 50% of the Malahat will have median barriers.  These improvements were identified in the 2012 Malahat Corridor study, and were also identified as a priority by the Malahat Advisory Group, which includes local residents, commuters, first responders and safety advocates. Those upgrades we’re planning include: extension of the southbound passing lane and median barrier of “NASCAR Corner” (as known to locals) continuation of median barriers immediately north and south of this area. constructing U-turns on the side of the highway at either end of the new barrier, located at the side of Shawnigan Lake road and on the side of the highway north of the summit Safety of the travelling public is our number...

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The Evergreen Line Tunnel: Alice Will Make it a Boring Job

Evergreen and Alice Team Shot

Who is she? She’s 85 metres long, but with her trailing gear that provides the conveyer belt system, she expands to two kilometres. Her head is 10 metres wide and she weighs 109 tonnes. She came to us in bits and pieces and…she likes to eat dirt. She’s “Alice”, the Evergreen Line Tunnel Boring Machine and she is working on the two kilometer tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam as part of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. Truth be told, there is nothing boring about the tunnel boring machine at all. In fact, it’s an impressive technological advancement that has been used in other large infrastructure projects in the province. Bored tunnel construction means there is no disruption to residents, businesses and the traffic on the surface above.  The tunnel will have a depth of up to 50 metres; that’s approximately one 18-story apartment building, with depths ranging...

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Putting the “T” in Highway 97A Intersection Safety

Protected T

If you’ve ever driven along Highway 97A towards Vernon, you might be familiar with the Eagle Rock Road intersection. Traffic has changed here over the years. For one thing, there’s a lot more of it. That posed a particular problem here, as Eagle Rock Road accesses a heavily-used industrial area, and people had begun to ask for a safer way to get on and off the highway. So back in April, 2012, that’s exactly what we set out to do. We came up with a conceptual design for a new intersection and consulted with the Spallumcheen Regional District, local First Nations, utility providers, area residents and business owners to ensure it would meet their needs. Along came spring the following year, and we put the shovels in the ground. And once we started going, it didn’t take long to get the job done (project work was completed October 10th,...

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