Emergency Info

Timely and behind the scenes information around incident response and events impacting travel.

Share and Share Alike – Federal Sections on Provincial Highways

A strange thing happens when you’re travelling B.C.’s highways and you head through Rogers Pass, cruise alongside Long Beach near Tofino, or drive Highway 97, 133 kilometres north of Dawson Creek. You see, the ground under your tires changes… You may think that’s provincially owned and operated road beneath you…but it’s not. These stretches of road are owned and operated by the federal government’s Parks Canada Agency, which has a long involvement with the surrounding areas for ecological (parks)...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods...

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Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety

Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety DriveBC Mobile

Here at TranBC, we love technology, and we’re constantly looking for new ways to make things easier and safer for you to get around. This year saw a lot of interesting developments, and we’ve got a summary of some of the top tech tales of 2012 here for your reading pleasure. Going Mobile DriveBC went mobile in 2011, and it was really well received. So much so that we looked to offer more portable services in 2012. Enter CVSE...

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Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

Avalanches are mesmerizing – at least from a safe distance, whether that be via video, photograph, or directly from a helicopter. No one gets closer to the action than our avalanche control technicians. They trek to remote mountainside avalanche weather stations (all 58 of them) and trigger blasts with strange-sounding equipment such as Gazex Exploders and Daisy Bells. So, who better to capture the awe inspiring images of avalanche control work? In celebration of this weekend’s Avalanche Awareness Days,...

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An Emergency Kit Show and Tell to Help Shift Into Winter

We’ve been focusing a lot lately on preparing for winter driving, and an important part of that is making sure you and your car are equipped in case of an emergency. There are many lists out there with recommendations on what you can pack (see below for a few resources to get some good ideas), but we thought we’d go one better and pop our trunk and share a few of the items we like to carry around when...

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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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Emergency “What If” Scenario: Are Highways Prepared for Earthquakes?

British Columbia is located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is an area around the Pacific Ocean that experiences a high number of earthquakes. As much as we’d like to, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure can’t stop a major earthquake from happening, but we can prepare to reduce its impact on motorists by arming our structures with early warning sensors. Have you ever heard of a primary wave? No, it’s not coveted by surfers in Tofino. The...

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Flood Management: Our Role in Keeping Floodwaters at Bay

BC Flood

Spring Flowers, or is it Showers? Well, depending on where you live, spring showers don’t bring flowers, they bring freshet (rapid snowpack melt and overwhelmed stream channels) and sometimes flooding. Since rising water can also impact the flow of traffic, we often have a role in flood management by managing and maintaining the provincial highway system. Whatever the water level, we have people on the job to get you where you need to go. The ministry activates flood plans,...

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Drive Smart: Find Higher Ground or Turn Around

Drive smart during a flood

It’s Emergency Preparedness Week (first full of May) and we asked our friends at Emergency Info BC to share some helpful tips with you about driving during a flood emergency. Here’s what they had to say: If you’re Flood Smart you also drive smart – or you don’t drive at all. During a flooding situation, road closures can take place across B.C. and driving your vehicle can become increasingly hazardous. DriveBC’s safety partner, Emergency Management BC, wants to remind...

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Avalanche Control: Timing “Train Travel” on Bear Pass

Q. What train can travel 70 possible routes over a glacier, from 2,500 metre-high mountain tops down to near sea level, in about 20 seconds? A. An “avalanche train” in Bear Pass. An avalanche train is the sudden release of a large mass of snow or ice. Triggered by natural or human forces, it collects even more snow, ice and debris with it, as it thunders downward. In Bear Pass, a 65-kilometre stretch of Highway 37A, between Meziadin Junction...

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