BC Infrastructure

Bridging Rogers Creek to Protect Port Alberni

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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 provide a wider opening for Rogers Creek to pass through. Why wasn’t the culvert good enough? It was relatively small in comparison to some of the logging debris that builds up. In fact, during a 2006 storm, emergency crews needed to respond quickly to clear heavy logging debris before potentially triggering a series of damaging events. “That logging debris, if it plugged the culvert, would turn this road into a dam,” says project manager Allan Galambos. “That dam, if it then broke, would cause a lot of damage to the city of Port Alberni, which is just downstream.”With the local hospital nearby, it’s important to keep traffic flowing while crews...

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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

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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

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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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Small Projects, Big Impacts: 44 Ways Communities Are Safer

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Keeping BC highways safe for the travelling public is our top priority and one that keeps us pretty busy. But sometimes we are asked to help out with community safety enhancements -smaller projects that fall outside of our day to day work. These are special projects that we look forward to being a part of because it is often the smaller, less obvious work that can sometimes have the biggest impact in a small community. These safety improvements can range from pedestrian pathways to speed reader boards. This year, we had the pleasure of working with a number of communities across BC to increase safety. Here is a quick run down by region… Northern B.C.: Buick Creek: Lighting at the intersection of Beatton River Airport Road and Buick Creek Road. Chetwynd: Highway access into the Chetwynd Recreation Centre. Dawson Creek: Improving intersection alignment at Highway 97 and 17th St....

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

There’s been a lot of interest recently about our bridges and how they’re inspected. Here’s the scoop. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages an inventory of 2,700 bridges plus concession* bridges throughout the province. Sounds like a lot, but here’s a visual for you to put it in perspective. Take those bridges, put them end to end and they’d stretch over 150 kilometres. That’s like driving from Penticton to Merritt! So, how do we make sure so many bridges are safe for people to use? Glad you asked. How Often are Bridges Inspected? Every bridge we’re responsible for receives a comprehensive review by a trained bridge inspector every year. But we don’t just rely on annual inspections. Ministry staff and our maintenance contractors patrol our roads and bridges every day, and as part of their duties, they’ll check the bridges to make sure there’s nothing obviously wrong. If...

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Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Go ahead… hop on a bike (or just put your walking shoes on). South Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail just got smoother with 1.7 kilometres of freshly paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road. “It’s like a super highway as far as I’m concerned,” said cyclist Chark Nipp with a laugh. The Lochside Trail runs 29 kilometres from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, parallel to Patricia Bay Highway 17. By improving trails like this, we hope to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and practise their pedal power. On a recent warm, sunny morning, we visited the newly paved trail (it used to be gravel) to film cyclists, walkers and runners. Some people were biking to work, others were pedaling to the ferry for a Gulf Islands vacation, and more still were just enjoying the...

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UPDATE: When to Expect Delays on the Malahat

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If you’ve driven between Victoria and Duncan lately, you may have experienced delays along the Malahat. We apologize for any inconvenience. The congestion is caused by increased summer traffic volumes and the remaining safety improvement work soon to be completed. To help you plan your trip, please review the following work schedule for multiple sites between Goldstream Provincial Park and Shawnigan Lake Road. The main work remaining includes barrier installation and microsurfacing, which requires laying a thin layer of asphalt on existing pavement in order to cover old lane markings. Lane closures occur when three lanes are reduced to two lanes. Malahat Work Schedule *Updated July 30 Dates Work Lane Closures (if required) July 11 Microsurfacing (asphalt) and/or barrier installation SB: 9am – dark NB: 5am – 3pm AND/OR 6pm – 10pm July 12 Various construction activities SB: Before 6am AND/OR 6pm onwards NB: Before 11am AND/OR 9pm onwards...

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Urban Planning, Overpasses and Rest Areas – Your Questions Answered

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Recently, we asked you to Tell TranBC what you wanted to know about our work.  You responded with some excellent questions.   Here are the answers. How does the ministry work in conjunction with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to solve problems and plan projects? The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure meets with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to discuss ideas and concerns about transportation in the region and across the province. With provincial highways and municipal routes all connected, each affects the other.  The provincial and local governments have a shared interest in keeping traffic moving safely through villages, towns and cities and throughout the province. One way we work with municipalities, is to help develop or update their Official Community Plans. Together, we identify key transportation concerns, and develop long-term and short-term solutions that meet both the municipalities’ and ministry’s needs. The ministry also works with local governments during municipal...

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