Road Maintenance

Updates and background on the work we do to maintain and rehab BC bridges and highways during the spring, summer and fall.

Bridging the Week: Thanksgiving Style

This week we welcomed the month of October, the time of year when we start to wind down our summer maintenance activities and gear up for winter. Such is the ebb and flow of life in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. This long weekend, many of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, the gift of sharing and being grateful for the things we have at hand. We are grateful to work with countless people across the province...

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Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T.S. Eliot Travelling in circles doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lost. Ending up right back where you started can be a wonderful thing if you consider everything that happened along the way. So it goes with the nine B.C. highway circle routes designated by Tourism BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The shortest route can be done in a single day, or carried out over several, depending on your pace. The...

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Hey, You Got a Problem? 9 Ways to Let Us (and Others) Know

A concern, a problem, a beef, an issue… There are lots of words to express that something is unsatisfactory or unsettling to you. And at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are several ways you can tell us about something that you think is just not right on provincial roads. Your information helps us ensure our roads are safe for everyone. Report a road problem to the contractor – Our maintenance contractors work hard to keep the roads...

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Bus Stops, Bridges and Smoother Surfaces Ahead: Bridging the Week

What have we got going on in transportation news for you this week? How about bus stops, cycling lanes and cycling fences, centreline rumble strips, enhanced delineation, completed paving on the Patullo Bridge, new contracts awarded and resurfacing underway. Throw in some numbers from BC Ferries and transit service updates and you have yourself all the elements of a good read, if you ask us. So, grab your coffee and settle in . Cycling for Highway 4 Port Alberni...

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Ride, Don’t Landslide: Keeping Rock and Debris off BC Highways

British Columbia is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in Canada. But with large amounts of precipitation, lush vegetation and mountainous terrain, it’s also one of the most landslide-prone. In fact, one of the country’s largest recorded landslides occurred east of Hope in 1965. The landslide resulted in about 47 million cubic metres of rock stretching across three kilometres of Crowsnest BC Highway 3 (imagine 18,000 Olympic size swimming pools filled with rock and you’ve got the...

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4 FAQs: The Rhyme and Reason Behind Summer Road Maintenance

4 FAQs: The Rhyme and Reason Behind Summer Road Maintenance

Maintaining more than 41,000 kilometres of roads across B.C. takes teamwork, fast reflexes and a solid game plan. You may be interested to know how the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure keeps the province moving, so we’ve composed answers for some of the most common questions we receive. Q. Who is responsible for road and bridge maintenance in B.C.? A. Most B.C. roads and bridges located outside municipal boundaries fall within our jurisdiction. We deliver maintenance services through our...

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Smooth Move: 3 Common Ways to Resurface B.C. Highways

Smooth Move: 3 Common Ways to Resurface B.C. Highways

If you’ve ever slowly cruised by paving projects in your community, you’ve probably noticed there are different types of paving processes. Turns out, there’s more than one method our contractors use depending on the amount of TLC required. The majority of projects we work on aren’t straight from scratch paving. By “straight from scratch”, we mean the kind of paving where we start with a gravel road instead of an existing paved road, such as with the expansion of...

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Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

It’s 227 down…53 to go. That’s the score for how many sites on B.C. highways have been repaired from last year’s extreme flooding in the Peace Region, and how many are up for fixes this year and into next. When epic rainstorms last June and July pummelled and soaked 40,000 square kilometres of the area, people from all over B.C worked to re-open 150 flood-damaged roads. Between the widespread destruction and northern B.C.’s short construction season, it wasn’t possible...

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: A Story of Rumble Strips

the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is installing more rumble strips this summer, along Highways 16, 29, 39, 49, 97 and 97A

Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. You might have heard that noise and felt a vibration while driving on a highway and thought: “What is that noise? Do I have a flat tire?” While you may be startled, what you experienced was likely a rumble strip, designed to help keep motorists travelling safely on our highways. Rumble strips are shallow grooves milled into the centreline and the shoulder of a roadway. If your vehicle crosses over the rumble strip, you will feel and hear...

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Paperwork Popularity: Our Top 15 Forms

Paperwork Popularity: Our Top 15 Forms

We like building: roads, bridges, overpasses…we’re in our element when we’ve got shovels in the ground. But we know sometimes the pen can be just as mighty when it comes to getting things done. For most transportation and infrastructure related ventures, there are also guides to help you and paperwork to make your work official. If you’ve ever worked with us and filled out a form or two, you’re probably familiar with the process. Beyond the specific paperwork you’ve...

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