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

Why Pile Driving is a Powerful First Step for Massey Bridge

If you’ve driven north on Highway 99 towards the George Massey Tunnel lately, you may have noticed a crane working on Deas Island. Crews were collecting geotechnical data as part of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The crane was equipped with a large pile driver, which pounded five piles into the ground to determine the maximum load a single pile can hold in that particular soil. The information will be provided to designers bidding on the contract to...

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What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC)? Well, for starters, think of it as the nerve centre for road/weather conditions and traffic information across BC. Based in Coquitlam, the RTMC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your Eyes on the Road The RTMC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 600 cameras strategically located on highways across the province (you...

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Woodenhead a Solid Monument to Highway Safety

  A man with a wooden stare is watching over the Trans-Canada Highway at Revelstoke, to see if motorists are driving safely. The man, with his unblinking gaze, was once stationed along the Big Bend Highway and now resides in a park, named in his honour. Just who is this man? Why it’s Woodenhead – BC’s highly original roadside attraction that started as a cedar stump! In the 1940s, a large stump was spotted by Peter Fuoco who was...

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How Adopt a Highway Volunteers Are Armed for Weeds War

We’re battling invasive plants along BC highways, and we’re enlisting Adopt a Highway volunteers to keep these unwelcome intruders from capturing more territory. Adopt a Highway volunteers are our allies in the attack; because they’re on the ground on assigned sections of BC highways. To arm them for managing invasive weeds, we’ve got a new video showing how to spot, report and remove invasive weeds. The pulling weeds part is optional, but for groups that want to jump in...

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Coquihalla Construction Crews: “A Story for Every Kilometre”

It took more than 10,000 people 20 months of continuous work to open Phase 1 of the Coquihalla, on May 16, 1986. Many of the men and women who worked on this historic project have moved on to new adventures; however, some still work for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. To get a sense of what it was like to work on a project of this scale, we asked four ministry staffers (one retired/three current) four questions. Their...

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Construction of the Coquihalla: Still Amazing After 30 Years

It was the most ambitious highway project in the province’s history. It’s one of the most heavily travelled route in all of British Columbia. From top to bottom, motorists can experience every single type of weather condition known to man. With a summit reaching 1,244 metres tall (imagine almost 3 CN Towers stacked up), it isn’t uncommon for it to be snowing at the peak and sunny at the base. We’re talking, of course about the Coquihalla Highway. The...

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How New Maintenance Contracts Will Make Highways Better

Since the privatization of highway maintenance in BC, we’ve governed the level of service required from our contractors through our Maintenance Contract Agreements.  However, in the 27 years since highway maintenance was privatized, there have been substantial changes both in the industry and in public expectations. We’ve recently renewed the maintenance contract for the East Kootenay service area and the language in this new contract will be the starting point for all of our maintenance contracts around the province...

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Why Moving a Bridge is a Shift in the Right Direction

Sometimes moving to something new means moving something older – but not too far. That’s the case with the single-lane Fort Nelson River Bridge, which we moved about 10.5 metres in mid-April, to allow for a new two-lane bridge to be built on Highway 77, about 70 km north of Fort Nelson. The existing bridge will serve as a detour while the new bridge is being built. This video shows the existing bridge – a lengthy 430 metres –...

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What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

Sometimes we work on a project that changes not just the highway, but the world around it. Such was the case with our recent work on scenic Highway 95 at Luxor Creek.  A key wildlife corridor connecting important animal habitats between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains is a step closer to reality thanks, in part, to the new Luxor Creek Bridge. To say we are thrilled to be a part of making it happen is an understatement  (normally, our...

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Powerful Rail Safety Warnings From Around the World

Rail safety matters all the time, and every place there is train tracks. So, we embarked on a tour to four continents to pick out what we thought were the most powerful messages to keep people off tracks – and away from death and injury. Every year, about 100 people are killed or injured in Canada from encounters with trains. Here are some warnings we hope people will heed, wherever they are in the world. Don’t be a Bob!...

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