DriveBC Tech

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

Speed Reading for Safety

electronic signs using radar to detect the speed of motorists

Speed reading used to be a course that university students took, to help them plow through piles of textbooks. But the ministry does another kind of speed reading. Our speed reader boards are electronic signs that use radar to detect the speed of motorists, and then display that information. They let drivers know how fast they are going, and the actual speed limit – which is usually posted underneath or just before the speed reader sign. Up to now,...

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The Traffic Signals They are a Changin’

traffic signal

Times change and communities grow – and that means that traffic signals evolve too. This year, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is making a number of traffic signal safety improvements in many areas of the province, including the installation of pedestrian countdown timers and advanced left turn arrows on Vancouver Island. Pedestrian Countdown Timers Traffic signals are not just for motorists, they help pedestrians move through traffic too. Have you ever entered a crosswalk only to watch the...

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“Golden Oatmeal” Glows for Safety

new technology supporting safety

Some stretches of B.C.’s foggiest, rainiest, snowiest highways now have extra “glow,” due to the latest in pavement marking technology used by the ministry. Recently, a 5.3-kilometre stretch along Highway 16, 32 kilometres east of Prince Rupert, which is prone to particularly challenging weather, was chosen to receive the special treatment. It was given coatings of methyl methacrylate resin to mark the route’s solid yellow centre line and white dashed truck passing lane. Methyl methacrylate is a two part...

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In the Know, on the Go…with DriveBC Mobile

In the Know, on the Go…with DriveBC Mobile

DriveBC is now available for mobile Internet devices, so those on the go, can be in the know. Let’s say you’re on a road trip and part of your plan is to visit a friend in Sicamous, who is celebrating a landmark birthday. You want to get there well before the singing and cake, but you’ve woken up to nasty weather, at your motel in Merritt. Could this affect your travel time? Should you go via Highway 97C or...

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DriveBC – A Vacation Destination, 11 Reasons to Make DriveBC Your First Vacation Visit

DriveBC – A Vacation Destination, 11 Reasons to Make DriveBC Your First Vacation Visit

Not connected to the Internet en route? Phone DriveBC’s 24/7 automated phone service for the latest in road conditions. The number is toll-free from anywhere in North America. 1-800-550-4997 Summer travellers, who first visit the DriveBC website, find valuable information, including routes, weather, border crossings and interesting stops. Check these features and links on DriveBC, to help you have a great holiday seeing family and friends, camping, fishing, hiking or doing whatever makes summer fun for you!   Summer...

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New Signs Communicate Border Waits

information on your border wait times

The car is packed, and you’re on the highway heading to the States. But which crossing should you take? The Peace Arch and Pacific crossings are usually pretty busy, but what about Aldergrove or Sumas? Up till now, it was difficult to know, because delay times weren’t reported for those locations. However, thanks to an expansion of the Advanced Traveller Information System (also known as ATIS), travellers can now keep up to date with wait times at all four...

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BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

Do you watch them because they show you the fresh dump of snow your friends in Rossland have? Or do you tune in because they let you see the open roads and blue skies the entire length of your upcoming road trip? The BC HighwayCam Program began with two cams on the Coquihalla and one near Whistler and, believe it or not, these cameras were maintained manually. That meant that when something went wrong with a camera, ministry electrical...

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Drive BC: Follow #BCHwys on Twitter

Drive BC: Follow #BCHwys on Twitter

If you’ve started following DriveBC or TranBC on Twitter, then you may have noticed the reoccurring use of the # symbol in front of a word. It represents a hashtag and, in Twitterspeak, is used in a tweet to connect it to the people that have an interest in that topic. A hashtag can help bring a discussion together, which is exactly what we are trying to do. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for...

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LED Warning Signs Improve Safety

Highway 3 near Skagit Bluffs (which is about 40 km east of Hope) can be a challenging drive, especially in the eastbound direction where there are tight turns and steep embankments. The posted speed along this section of highway is 80 km/h, but there is an advisory speed sign of 50 km/h posted about 100 m west of the bluffs. Even still, there have been a number of motor vehicle accidents where drivers have been travelling too fast and...

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