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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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Evergreen Line Extension – Moments Along the Journey

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We made history achieving the longest fully automated rapid transit system in the world. We also moved it. We reached high, dug deep below, and enhanced wildlife areas along the way. Here is a collection of some of the challenges we faced and triumphs we celebrated building the Evergreen extension.   Moving History – Centennial House was once the stately home to one of Port Moody’s founding City Councillors, Frederick Appleyard. One of the few remaining landmarks from the booming lumber...

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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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Highway and Track Separation a Beautiful Way to Boost Safety

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Question: What do you get when you cross a railway track with a highway? Answer: A place that requires extra motorist attention to avoid a deadly encounter; and in the case of Mile 28 on Highway 16, a stretch where drivers must slow from 100 km/h to 40 km/h to cross safely. But the scenario is poised to become a whole lot safer and smoother, at this last remaining spot on BC Highway 16 where traffic and trains meet....

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We Heard You! Rest Area Improvements on the Way in BC

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Our 170 BC Rest Areas are the perfect spot to refresh and recharge before heading out on the highway, and they are about to get a whole lot better. Since the beginning of 2016, we’ve been working closely with the BC Trucking Association on the BC Highway Rest Area Survey and report. We wanted to get the voice of the trucking industry – what they like and what they don’t like – about rest areas in the province. Their...

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How To Tell BC’s Story with a Stop of Interest Sign

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We’re asking you to provide your suggestions for about 75 new Stop of Interest signs, sharing your local stories that mark a special place in BC’s history.

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Why Pile Driving is a Powerful First Step for Massey Bridge

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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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Woodenhead a Solid Monument to Highway Safety

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  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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Coquihalla Construction Crews: “A Story for Every Kilometre”

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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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