BC Infrastructure

Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

April 23, 2014
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...

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

September 6, 2013
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...

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Traveller Alert: Now Closer to a New Nakusp Inland Ferry

July 30, 2013
Traveller Alert: Now Closer to a New Nakusp Inland Ferry

Ever driven the Arrow Lake Ferry? You had your choice of two 40-year-old ships that might not have had as wide of lanes or smooth boarding as you’d like. Well that’s on the way to being changed, and by “changed,” I mean the new ferry will transport 80 vehicles, 250 passengers, include wider lands...

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

July 30, 2013
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....

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UPDATE: When to Expect Delays on the Malahat

July 12, 2013
malahat Delays

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...

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UPDATE: Malahat Safety Improvements Nearly Complete

June 19, 2013
UPDATE: Malahat Safety Improvements Nearly Complete

As you may have already heard (or noticed firsthand while travelling) the anticipated completion date for the Malahat safety improvements has been pushed from June 30 to the start of August. So, what’s left to do? Crews are now putting the finishing touches on widening. If the weather cooperates, widening will be completed by...

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TranBC’s Aviation Angle

February 7, 2013
TranBC’s Aviation Angle

You might think of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as being all about highways.  But did you know we have an aviation angle? You see, making all of B.C.’s transportation industries more globally competitive is one of our ministry’s goals.  While the aviation industry is federally regulated, air transport plays a big role...

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The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

January 30, 2013
The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge, or Old Kootenay Bridge as it is commonly referred to, is just west of Creston on Highway 3. If you’ve never been there before, you can see it here on Google Maps. It’s a straight, two-lane bridge about 300 metres long and runs over the Creston Valley Wildlife...

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Bridging the Week: Port Mann Closes, Long Live the Port Mann

November 17, 2012
Bridging the Week: Port Mann Closes, Long Live the Port Mann

Winter is settling in across the province but that didn’t stop transportation news from breaking. Here is your weekly summary of the highlights. Out with the Old and in with the New If you live in the Lower Mainland, the big transportation news this week was all about the new Port Mann Bridge with...

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On the Topic of Tolls

October 4, 2012
On the Topic of Tolls

A toll. To some, it may as well be a four letter word. Well, OK, it already is, but you get my point. To others, tolls are just the cost of doing business. There are even those who extoll the virtues of tolls and look forward to paying them whenever they can. Honest. No...

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