Feature Articles

B.C. Driver Alert: When the School Bus Stops, You Stop

Do not pass when lights flashing

From September to June, parents in rural areas send their children off to school on the big yellow school bus, trusting that their child will get to class and back home safely each day. They are counting on motorists to do the right thing (the law-abiding thing) by coming to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing. Sadly, not everyone does stop when the school bus lights are flashing and kids could be...

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On Earth Day and Everyday – Green Matters to TranBC

Bike to Work Week

Have you ever wondered what the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is doing to support green initiatives across the province? Look no further. In celebration of Earth Day we gathered some of our favourite green projects for you. We don’t think green for just one day out of a year, we work all year long to make sure sensitive ecosystems and wildlife are protected. That includes turtles… and toads… and caribou… and let’s not forget about bears, moose, deer,...

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Kids Hop to Toad Research to Protect Amphibians on Roads

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When some kids from the Cowichan area were asked if they wanted to monitor toads and other amphibians on the move near highways, they jumped on it! The kids leapt at the chance to test road survey kits, developed by the Young Naturalists’ Club (YNC) of BC, when they learned that efforts to observe and record amphibian travel could potentially lower the number of frogs, toads, salamanders and newts that are killed on B.C. highways. We supplied the Cowichan...

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Dig into the Work of a Geotechnical Engineer

Warren Lemky

Highways and bridges are earthy matters and a geotechnical engineer is just the kind of person to delve into the deep subject of what’s below ground. We spoke with a geotechnical engineer, one of our four types of engineers, during National Engineering Month to find out about his work on B.C. highways. Meet Warren Lemky, regional geotechnical design engineer, based out of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Prince George office. Warren, what’s your role as a geotechnical engineer?...

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What Happens After a Rock Hits a BC Highway

Geo Assess Engineers

Rockfalls tend to happen more often in spring, when slopes above highways can be affected by changing temperatures and increased rainfall. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Rockwork Program uses a variety of techniques to keep rock and debris off highways. But rockfalls are a natural process and cannot always be prevented. In those cases, the ministry and its maintenance contractors spring into action to ensure the highway is cleared and safe for travellers. Reporting a Rockfall Maintenance Contractors...

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Ride the BC Road Trip Time Machine: Highway 1 and Port Mann Bridge 1966

PM 66 snapshot

By now, you may have already experienced what it’s like to go back in time through our BC Road Trip Time Machine series. Using an old 16 mm reel from our Photolog program archives, we started by recreating the drive along the Malahat (and Trans-Canada Highway) in 1966. We had a good hunch people would like it, and we weren’t wrong. Whether reliving the experience from your youth or seeing it for the first time and being shocked at...

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Why Are Workers Doing the Safety Dance on the Sea-to-Sky?

Charles Creek Erosion Protection

No, the shoe-soaking shuffle displayed in the video above is not British Columbia’s answer to Gangnam Style. These moves make more sense. The crew is installing articulated matting where Charles Creek flows into Howe Sound as part of the final phase of erosion protection in the small community of Strachan Point, located between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The project was completed in fall 2014, providing the final level of protection for a Sea to Sky Highway bridge, a...

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BC on the Move: 12 Ways You Planned the Future of BC Transportation

10 year BC Transportation Plan

  Last year, from October to December, we asked you to tell us what the transportation priorities should be for BC over the next 10 years. We call it BC on the Move. And you responded. A lot. It was fantastic. This included: 44,000 visits to the website 12,500 surveys completed 100 meetings with 550 representatives of First Nations, local governments, chambers of commerce, ports and airports and various other stakeholders. A very busy Twitter Town Hall 70 meetings...

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How Well Do You Know the Coquihalla?

Highway 5

The Coquihalla is one of the most popular highway mountain passes in BC. You’ve probably driven it a few times, whether as a commuter or a BC traveller, or TONS of times as a commercial driver. But how well do you know this stretch of highway?

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7 Types of Traffic Signs on BC Highways

stop of interest sign

BC highway traffic signs come in many shapes, colours and sizes. Here is a guide to the different types of traffic signs, and their purposes.

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