BC Travellers

Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

New Platform Offers Nesting Opportunity for Ospreys

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What the heck do ospreys and the BC Ministry of Transportation have in common? Would you believe the W.R. Bennett Bridge? You see, we aren’t just responsible for highways and the travellers who use them; we’re also responsible for wildlife living alongside BC highways and in recent years a family of ospreys have decided to call this bridge home. Known for their dramatic dives into water to catch live fish, ospreys construct their nests on top of dead trees,...

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Why Beloved Barlee Would Smile at New Stop of Interest Signs

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What would a high-profile historian say about the 75 new BC Stop of Interest signs to be created? We asked Bill Barlee’s daughter, Veronica Barlee, a senior policy advisor with the provincial government. Veronica graciously agreed to talk with us about her father’s role in preserving and sharing BC’s colourful history, and how new Stop of Interest signs will help to continue Bill Barlee’s work. Barlee passed away in 2012, at the age of 79. He remains a beloved figure...

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This is What You Liked Most in 2016

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A disaster, time-machines, intrepid bridge workers, and a great Canadian invention. Yes, that sounds like the formula for a sci-fi action film. It also happens to be your top picks of tweets, photos, videos, and blogs that we shared with you in 2016. Here’s a rundown of the best of what made you ooooh, aaahhh, click, tap, and share this year:     One of your favourite ways of reaching out to us is on Facebook. We read all your...

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What You Need to Know About Winter Weather on the “Coq”

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We’ve heard from a few folks recently asking how they can travel the Coquihalla safely during the winter.  Apart from our usual recommendations for proper tires, checking DriveBC, keeping a full tank of gas and driving to conditions, we thought we could help travellers make better decisions around their travel by identifying some of the winter conditions found on the Coquihalla and explaining how they might impact travel. So, we asked our Weather Services Specialist, Simon Walker (who worked...

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Highway Work That Will Keep You on the Move in Northern BC

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As our economy has grown, so too has the need safely connect people and cargo in Northern BC with the Interior. Here is a sampling of three projects, one in the preliminary stages and two in progress, of BC on the Move in the Northern Region. Bunce Road to Blackwater Road, Highway 16 Extending the continuous four-laning of Highway 16 that begins before the Highway 16 and 97 intersection to within the Prince George city limits will reduce congestion and provide...

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Why Stopping Distances Matter More During the Winter

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It’s pretty simple, really. Stopping distance is the distance it takes your vehicle to come to a complete stop once you apply your brakes. The faster you are travelling, the longer it will take you to come to a complete stop (and being able to stop your vehicle as quickly as possible when you need to is always a good thing). “Speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Winter driving conditions are not ideal. Slow down and drive safely!”...

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Everything You Need to Know about East Kootenay Highway Winter Maintenance Specifications

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Mainroad, our maintenance contractor in the East Kootenay service area, works hard every day to keep local highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because the area is so geographically diverse, they can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially during winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them in their day to day operations, we outline our maintenance requirements of them in great detail. We recently updated our...

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Avalanche Closure Time Cut by Explosive Innovation

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The Kootenay Pass avalanche team wanted to shorten road closures due to avalanche control, because at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure our biggest drive is to keep people and goods moving efficiently and safely along BC highways. When the new avalanche explosion hardware and software were installed in 2015, BC became the first Gazex system user in the world, to not only suggest this change, but to incorporate new software successfully into an existing system.

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How to Keep Traffic Moving in Avalanche Country

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  It looks like something out of Star Wars. Large metal towers dominating a vantage point over a frozen cliff face that suddenly drop explosives charges, triggering a wall of snow that cascades down the mountain. But this isn’t science fiction. It’s a new technology designed to make roads safer and cut down on traffic headaches. It’s called a Remote Avalanche Control System, or RACS, and this winter we’re piloting it along a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway called...

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Four Stages of a Mega Project – An Insider Perspective

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Transportation mega projects mean mega activities behind the scenes. From the first inkling of an idea to project close-out, here's what goes on.

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