BC Infrastructure

Vision for Port of Prince Rupert Afloat

Vision for Port of Prince Rupert Afloat

It’s not every day a century-old dream comes true. Northwest B.C.’s busy Port of Prince Rupert was envisioned more than 100 years ago, by railway mogul Charles Melville Hays. However, Hay’s dream ended, when he went down with the Titanic, on April 15, 1912. (See this historical article from the Province for more on Hays). Hays had earlier founded the Port of Prince Rupert on Kaien Island because it was 800 kilometres closer to Asia than other North American...

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Less Waiting for Trains, More Cruising Open Lanes… Good for the Economy, Too

Less Waiting for Trains, More Cruising Open Lanes… Good for the Economy, Too

Road-rail crossings are never a welcome obstacle for drivers and passengers, even for most rail buffs. When we’re eager to get moving but left idle watching a row of passing railcars roll by, it’s easy to forget how important trains are for fuelling our economy. So, where are these trains heading? Many of those travelling through the Lower Mainland pass through the Township of Langley, City of Langley, Surrey and Delta on their way to Deltaport. Demand for trade...

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TranBC’s Fab Four: How We Prioritize the Projects We Do

TranBC’s Fab Four: How We Prioritize the Projects We Do

Ever wondered how the people at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure prioritize the road projects we do? The factors that shape our projects – whether we’re fixing up B.C. roads, bridges, guardrails, signs, ditches, culverts or adding anything new – boil down to our fabulous four: Safety – creating the best conditions possible for motorists to get from A to B without incident or harm. Supporting Economic Growth – responding to economic shifts to keep business and industry...

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Building the Home Advantage at Rutledge Field

Building the Home Advantage at Rutledge Field

We’re called the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a reason. We help move people, but we also support the development of a variety of infrastructure projects across the province. Whether it’s pitching in to build sports fields, getting creative with the arts or helping grow community culture, we think building for the future is an important job. In a great example of the power of team work the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and the...

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Mona Lisa or Modern Art? New Arts Centre Comes to Saanich

Mona Lisa or Modern Art? New Arts Centre Comes to Saanich

Creating safer highways is a large part of what we do, but being involved in developing infrastructure gives us an opportunity to build for future success. In other words – roads help connect communities, but infrastructure gives us a real destination. Some of our recent infrastructure projects include the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1) and improvements to playing fields in Metro Vancouver. That list also now includes a new place to explore your creative side. If you live...

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The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey

The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey

The Sea to Sky Highway stretches north from Vancouver, along the edge of Howe Sound and into the breathtaking Coast Mountain Range, which include peaks such as “Black Tusk” and “The Chief”. The Squamish Nation has lived on the land surrounding this corridor since time immemorial. To integrate First Nations perspective back into the landscape surround their traditional territory, The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey was created. It is a unique initiative of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations which...

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game…We’re Not Just Highways

Take Me Out To The Ball Game…We’re Not Just Highways

It’s a little known fact, but as a ministry we look after a lot more than just transportation. In 2008, we had “infrastructure” added to our repertoire, and with that we started managing grant money for all kinds of community developments. Together with municipal and federal governments, we’ve helped fund hundreds of projects throughout the province, including community and art centres, libraries… and ball parks. Back in 2010, Kamloops broke ground on their own field of dreams – Rayleigh...

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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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Building Barriers to Boost Highway Safety

You’ll often hear it said that safety is our top priority. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s true. Regardless of whether we’re designing, building or maintaining our roads and bridges, we want to make sure people can get where they’re going safely. We have a lot of different ways of doing that, but barriers might be one of the most familiar. You’ve seen concrete barriers and guard rails lining our highways, but cable barriers are also gaining...

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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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