Feature Articles

Why We Use Wildlife Overpasses on BC Highways

Bear and cub overpass

Wild animals love British Columbia. Of course they do – it’s varied terrain makes it a haven for beasts and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Both small and large species, from the gigantic moose to the night-crawling raccoon, pose potential hazards for drivers, and vise versa. A large animal can make a serious impact, while a smaller animal can startle a driver into swerving and losing control of their vehicle. It’s our job to prevent animals and drivers...

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Worker Safety: What If YOUR Office Was Beside a Road?

Roadside Worker Safety is NOT a Game of Cones

Many of us work in an office setting. It’s quiet and climate controlled. Paper cuts and sitting too much are the biggest hazards. But imagine your office was actually beside a city street or provincial highway. Quite the contrast, eh? Suddenly, your safety is not fully in your control. In many respects, getting home safely is in the hands of drivers passing by – perhaps some in a rush to get to their offices. WorkSafeBC brings this contrast to...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Cruising Highway 97 from PG to Dawson Creek

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Hop aboard the latest episode of our 1966 road trip series – Highway 97 from Prince George to Dawson Creek. It’s a long ride, so we have broken it into three segments for you to view: from Prince George to Parsnip River Bridge, from Parsnip River Bridge to Chetwynd and from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek. If you’ve been riding along with us, you may have already toured the southern stretch of BC Highway 97, from the U.S. Border to...

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The Return of the Garbage Gobbler to BC Highways

Garbage Gobbler

Do you remember the Garbage Gobbler? Created in the 1950s and placed across the province in B.C. Parks and at points along BC highways in order to “Keep Beautiful British Columbia, Clean and Beautiful,” Garbage Gobblers were a truly cool piece of transportation history. Sadly, Garbage Gobblers proved to be as popular with bears as they were with people and eventually they had to be replaced in favour of bear proof cans (which were not as artsy, but much...

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What You Don’t Know About BC Cherries and China

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Big numbers of BC cherries are being popped into the mouths of fruit-lovers in China, after travelling along the Pacific Gateway’s transportation routes. Since 2004, the amount of cherries shipped to countries like China has grown an astonishing 193%. This was recently fueled by a 2014 agreement between the Governments of China and Canada, to allow cherry shipping to Mainland China, after a successful 2013 pilot program. (Previously, Chinese regulations allowed only Hong Kong and Taiwan to import BC...

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Behind the Scenes: Monster Trucking for Wildlife Safety

crawler entering culvert

Most jobs discourage playing with toys. But when it comes to maintaining the many amphibian crossings on Vancouver Island, only a mini monster truck will do. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure modified a remote controlled truck to inspect the small highway underpasses that offer amphibians and small mammals safe passage from one side to the other. The culverts are too small for ministry workers to crawl through for inspections, so they use this four-wheel-drive “culvert crawler” for the...

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