DriveBC Tech

A look at the ministry’s most popular website, DriveBC and the technology we use to keep you safe and moving. .

The Secret Life of the Webcam Guy – Revealed!

Lately, we’ve been introducing you to some of the folks who work around here, not only to provide you with a better idea of what we do as a ministry, but also to give you a better idea of who we are personally and the diverse group it takes to keep you safe as you travel the province’s highways. Today we’re talking with Steve Drew, our Senior Electrical Standards Technologist. We also like to call him “the webcam guy”....

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Sneak Peak: All Eyes on the Evergreen Line

Sneak Peak: All Eyes on the Evergreen Line

Are you curious about how things are progressing on the Evergreen Line? Do you wish you could see what happens behind the scenes as construction unfolds? Well then, today is your lucky day! Starting today, you can watch Evergreen Line construction progress online thanks to the launch of two new BC ConstructionCams in Port Moody. The first camera will be located at the north tunnel portal area near Barnet Highway and View Street, where the tunnel-boring machine will be...

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New Webcam for Lougheed Highway

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FYI, if you’re travelling Highway #7 between Chilliwack and Agassiz , you’ve got a new way to get a sneak peak at weather conditions or traffic concerns. We’ve added a new Lougheed Highway webcam at Highlands Boulevard, about three kilometres east of Harrison Mills. At an elevation of 70 metres, this cam will give you a view looking east. Whether you’re a local or from out of town, you can find it on the DriveBC website. There’s lots of...

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BC HighwayCams Give a Glimpse of a Wet Start to Summer

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, but you might not guess it by looking at most of the BC HighwayCams across the province this morning. Lots of rain, fog and even some snow. Highways 1, 31, and 31A have been impacted by high water levels. Here is a snapshot of the last day of spring 2013 in B.C., courtesy of DriveBC. Wet , wet and more wet on Highway 3 at Keremeos this morning. Good for the cherries!...

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Bridge Inspections Truck on for Road Safety

It takes a steady truck with a long arm to ensure British Columbia bridges stay shipshape for your safe crossings. The bridge inspection truck is one of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s coolest tools. What makes it so cool? The truck’s arm, or crane, is capable of reaching about 14 metres above bridges (for checking parts such as suspension cables) and 23 metres below bridges (for inspecting parts such as bearings and bolts). “The bridge inspection truck is...

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Cool Tools for Highway Safety – The Danger Tree Destroyer

Picture this: A steep, unstable slope next to the highway. We need to get crews up there to stabilize it and make sure there’s no risk to the travelling public, but there’s a problem. Dozens of dangerous trees are in the way, and they need to be cleared before our rock scalers can do their thing and fix the slope. But because of the steep terrain, we can’t get people in to remove the trees safely either. That’s exactly...

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How well do you know DriveBC?

You’re looking out the window. It’s cold and miserable out there, and the rain is pouring down. Over the radio, you hear a storm is on the way. There may even be snow at higher elevations. You start to wonder if this weather’s going to affect your drive to the Interior later today. You were thinking of heading up over the Coquihalla, but maybe a different route would be better. Time to check DriveBC. To make good decisions on...

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Goat Patrol – An Alternative Approach to Wiping Out Weeds

Invasive weeds are a real problem in our province, and we’ve been working with environmental experts and community volunteers to help get them under control. Our Adopt a Highway program plays an important part of this work, as does public education. But our efforts to combat invasive weeds aren’t just limited to our roadsides. Or conventional means. Check out what we’ve been up to at our Logan Lake gravel pit, for example. We started a pilot project there using...

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A Day in the Life of a Highway Underpass Wildlife Camera

A Day in the Life of a Highway Underpass Wildlife Camera

A wide range of characters travel BC highways. There’s the early morning commuter, mug of hot coffee at the ready. Then there’s the commercial truck driver, riding high with an elevated view of the road. There are bus drivers, convertible cruisers, road trippers and heavy haul movers. They’ve all got places to be. But they’re not the only ones out there navigating highways. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has a network of wildlife underpasses (we also have overpasses)...

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Transportation ProjectsBC – Keeping You in the Know About Our Projects on the Go

Transportation ProjectsBC – Keeping You in the Know About Our Projects on the Go

You’ve been driving down the highway and obeying the flaggers for weeks now. You’ve seen graders, dump trucks and all manner of big equipment moving tons of dirt and debris. They’re obviously busy doing something. But what? Wonder no more; Transportation ProjectsBC has what you’re looking for. Transportation ProjectsBC is a great tool designed to keep people informed about the projects we’re working on, whether it’s in their local community or across the province. If you’re familiar with DriveBC,...

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