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

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

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

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

  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”

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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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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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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4 Unseen Engineering Marvels in BC

Engineers are a creative bunch by nature. When faced with a challenging situation, their desire to find a solution is second only to the creativity and analysis they use to overcome that obstacle. The terrain of British Columbia has no shortage of dramatic and difficult terrain for our highway engineers and they are full of innovative solutions. Engineers envision highways carved out of mountainsides and bridges that span awe inspiring gulches and make those visions a reality.  Some of...

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The New BC Highway Sign that’s Got People Talking Fender Benders

New highway signs rarely get much fanfare. Although extremely important for safety and navigation, they are just signs, after all. They’re not very exciting. In fact, there’s even a song about them, and it’s not all that flattering. But when the ministry installed new “FENDER BENDER” signs on Highway 91’s Alex Fraser Bridge recently, people seemed genuinely happy about it. Here are a few of the tweets we received: So, why are people so enthusiastic? If you drove the...

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How to Prepare for the Upcoming Pattullo Bridge Construction

New West Crossing

Starting April 29, and continuing until October 3, the Pattullo Bridge deck will be under rehab construction to keep the roadway safe. Only two lanes will be open during the five months of work. You can still use the bridge, but obviously this will impact your travel times and your trip planning around the lower mainland. We’ve gathered some information from TransLink (they operate the Pattullo) and provided some suggestions so you’re better prepared. How This Impacts Your Travel...

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