Going Green

Updates and behind the scenes information around our environmental initiatives, projects and programs, including wildlife mitigation, biking, Adopt-a-Highway and more.

Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

Second Narrows Bridge sidewalk

Before we can widen the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge sidewalks, we have to make a little room. Last year, the ministry started looking at replacing the pedestrian railings on the bridge to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians since the narrow sidewalks are a major constriction for travelers. After a thorough technical review earlier this year, it was decided to widen both sidewalks from 1.2 to 2.5 metres, install a new three-metre high safety fence and convert the...

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Why is that Cyclist in my Lane? A Question of Cycling Safety

We get a lot of questions and comments about cycling safety here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, so in our ongoing effort to improve the safety of cyclists (and other travellers), here’s another important reminder to look out for them and explain why you might see them riding in front of you as you drive. Often, there’s a bike lane or shoulder for cyclists to ride on, so they’re out of the way of traffic, and it’s...

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What is a Garbage Gobbler? A Kitschy, Cool and Beloved Piece of BC Highway History

BC Highway Garbage Gobbler

  Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we? Back to the days when things moved a little more slowly, perhaps around 1959. Slide into a larger vehicle, one built for style, say… an Edsel? Bring the whole family on a motoring adventure and explore Beautiful British Columbia.Take one of our many modern highway systems, each a marvel of 20th century engineering. Outside you will see a seemingly endless variety of scenery. Please don’t spoil the scenery by...

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6 Ways We Help Fish Find Their Way Home

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Every summer, as you pack up your things and head out on the highways to your favorite BC destination, our ministry is busy working to improve fish passages and restore habitats along these same highways. Because spring and fall are the busiest times of year for fish spawning, and because high winter water levels and storms make work difficult, we work long hours during the summer to help restore mainly salmon and trout habitat that has been damaged from...

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The Evergreen Line Tunnel: Alice Will Make it a Boring Job

Who is she? She’s 85 metres long, but with her trailing gear that provides the conveyer belt system, she expands to two kilometres. Her head is 10 metres wide and she weighs 109 tonnes. She came to us in bits and pieces and…she likes to eat dirt. She’s “Alice”, the Evergreen Line Tunnel Boring Machine and she is working on the two kilometer tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam as part of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. Truth...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding. Although you probably don’t notice it, each mode of transportation interacts with traffic signals in a unique way. Here are the five main traffic light triggers. 1. Passenger vehicles Ministry...

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Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

Bit by bit and piece by piece, the Evergreen Line is starting to take shape. The construction of a new SkyTrain takes time and includes moving utilities, reconfiguring roads, building at-grade and elevated guideways, tunnels, stations, and installing train operating systems. Oftentimes this work unfolds behind the scenes, but recently a number of important “bits and pieces” for the Evergreen Line have taken the stage front and centre and we wanted to share them with you. Without further ado,...

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What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

In many ways, the McIntyre Passing Lanes project is much like any of our other projects. We’re widening a section of Highway 97, just north of Oliver, so we can put in passing lanes and wider shoulders, and make things generally safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. It’s just another way we’re making it safer and easier for people to travel. But there are other parts of this project that make it stand out a little from the others....

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What’s Growing Under the Alex Fraser Bridge?

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When the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) opens in December, it will span 37 kilometres through Delta and Surrey with a four-lane expressway. Environmental mitigation is an important part of the project, and it comes in many shapes and sizes. It also attracts some very dedicated people. Students at Delta’s Burnsview Secondary School, led by their teacher Danick Benoit, approached the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure with hopes of volunteering their time to environmentally enhance an area on the...

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I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

Transit n. 1. The act of passing over, across or through; passage We love transit. We love the buses, the skytrains, the views and the people. Did you know that August 5-9th was the sixth annual I Love Transit Week in Greater Vancouver? Transit really is a vital part of any effective transportation system and to celebrate transit in the Lower Mainland, Translink put together a fabulous week full of events and activities for everyone enjoyed. They even witnessed...

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