BC Infrastructure

UPDATE: When to Expect Delays on the Malahat

malahat Delays

If you’ve driven between Victoria and Duncan lately, you may have experienced delays along the Malahat. We apologize for any inconvenience. The congestion is caused by increased summer traffic volumes and the remaining safety improvement work soon to be completed. To help you plan your trip, please review the following work schedule for multiple sites between Goldstream Provincial Park and Shawnigan Lake Road. The main work remaining includes barrier installation and microsurfacing, which requires laying a thin layer of...

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Urban Planning, Overpasses and Rest Areas – Your Questions Answered

Recently, we asked you to Tell TranBC what you wanted to know about our work. You responded with some excellent questions. Here are the answers. How does the ministry work in conjunction with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to solve problems and plan projects? The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure meets with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to discuss ideas and concerns about transportation in the region and across the province. With provincial highways and municipal routes all connected, each affects...

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The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge, or Old Kootenay Bridge as it is commonly referred to, is just west of Creston on Highway 3. If you’ve never been there before, you can see it here on Google Maps. It’s a straight, two-lane bridge about 300 metres long and runs over the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area – a very sensitive wetlands ecosystem that’s home to a large number of hooved animals, lizards, amphibians and water birds. Like any bridge,...

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The Sound of Pedestrian Safety: Audible Signals and Beyond

Chirp-chirp. Cuckoo. You’ve likely heard these sounds while crossing certain intersections in British Columbia. Audible signals, which tell visually-impaired pedestrians when it’s safe to cross a road controlled by traffic lights, are helping set the tone for the province’s routine soundtrack. Watch this video to get a better idea of how audible signals announce pedestrian right-of-ways: Port Alberni received these important enhancements in September. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind...

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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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Bridging the Week: Moving at the Speed of Light

Bridging the Week: Moving at the Speed of Light

What do railway tracks, infrared beams and the City of Houston all have in common? They all saw a little extra attention this week thanks to the recent transportation news highlighting work soon unfolding across the province. Next Stop, Lincoln Station The Evergreen Line made tracks in the news department this week with a couple of big announcements. An additional station will be included on opening day of the Evergreen Line in the summer of 2016. Lincoln Station is...

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A New Sombrio Bridge: Helping you Cruise to the Beach, 2-Lane Style

A New Sombrio Bridge: Helping you Cruise to the Beach, 2-Lane Style

When having a conversation about the West Coast of B.C., what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A laid back lifestyle and the activities that go along with it – Vancouver Island surfing, perhaps? Absolutely, but there’s work to be done to get you to the sand and surf at one popular island beach. Sombrio beach is an Island hotspot for surfing and other famous Island activities like kayaking, camping and hiking the Juan de Fuca marine trail....

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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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Celebrating Connections on National Aboriginal Day

Journeys can take many roads. They can be travelled by land or water, they can be physical or emotional or a combination of all of these things. For the First Nations of British Columbia, the journey toward cultural understanding with western culture has been a long and emotional one. It has taken many routes across our beautiful province in order to find recognition and build a brighter future for its people. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has had...

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Klemtu Ferry Terminal a Winning Collaboration

Klemtu Ferry Terminal a Winning Collaboration

First Nations art meets function in a new ferry terminal that was project managed by the ministry, and recently chosen as a double winner at the Northern Builders Awards. The Klemtu Ferry Terminal reflects the culture of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people, who live in this remote village of about 400 residents on Swindle Island. The cedar-clad building was designed by Acton Ostry Architects Inc., developed by SNC-Lavalin and built by Bear Creek Contracting. It resembles a traditional long house and...

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