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How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you on what you feel is most important to you. This is all to fuel “BC on the Move,” a new 10-year transportation plan. Starting today (Oct 14, 2014), you can submit your feedback online. For a bit of background, you’ll also find a discussion guide available that includes an overview of BC’s transportation network, a summary of the work that’s been done and projects we’re currently committed to, as well as highlights of some of our strategies moving forward. We’ll be accepting feedback around this plan until 4 pm on Friday, December, 12, 2014. What happens next? We’ll review your input, along with technical information and feedback from our key stakeholders...

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4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

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Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles as well as humans. When a perfectly warmed gravel and sand pile is a road shoulder alongside a well-travelled route like West Creston Road, this is a risky nesting spot due to road maintenance work like shoulder grading. To protect Western Painted Turtles and their eggs from an untimely end this summer, the ministry pitched in on a project to keep the creatures away from West Creston Road and heavy equipment. A Cranbrook biologist and two summer students built enhanced nesting areas, put fencing alongside them and studied the results, thanks to support from BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Natural Sciences and...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you know before you go. By preparing yourself and your vehicle, you can defend yourself against this annual onslaught. Together with our Winter Driving Safety Alliance partners, we’re dedicated to giving you the knowledge and tools to enter this winter season with confidence. That’s what the Shift Into Winter awareness campaign, which launches today (Oct 6, 2014), is all about. These three websites are a great place to start getting into the winter-ready mindset: Winter Tires and Chains WebsiteGot a question about winter tires and chains? You’ll likely find it here.Starting last week (Oct 1, to be exact), passenger vehicles are required to use tires with the M+S or the mountain/snowflake emblem...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

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There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if you travelled passed Silvermere Lake recently, you likely noticed the start of Phase 2 in the form of some heavy machinery mobilized in the wetlands south of the highway. Thanks to strong partnerships and behind the scenes prep work between local First Nations, governments and community organizations, work has begun. What’s Happening Now? We’ve been working with the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition (FVWC) on this compensation project from the start...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

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When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements coming into effect today (October 1) on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new Winter Tires and Chains website, which guides you through depending on the vehicle you drive and where you drive it. So, what is a winter tire? Is it one with a mountain/snowflake symbol?  How about M+S (mud and snow) tires? We recently assessed the existing definition of “winter tires and chains” as part of the highway speed and safety review. There are six things you need to know now. What’s...

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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