Moving the Economy

Information and background on how we import, export and move goods across our province to driving the economy, including the Pacific Gateway program and the work of commercial vehicles.

Roadside Worker Safety: How Do You Look at It?

2 Types of Worksites

People find laws easier to follow when they understand the point, or value, of them. After surveying drivers about roadside worker safety as part of the annual Cone Zone campaign, which runs May to August, we were reminded how important this is to keep in mind. The laws protecting roadside workers cover two types of worksites: Worksites on or beside a road, cordoned off by cones. “Mobile worksites” around vehicles stopped on the roadside with red, blue or amber...

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What You Need to Know about Seasonal Load Restrictions

What You Need to Know about Seasonal Load Restrictions

There’s been a lot of buzz about seasonal load restrictions lately. No wonder – it’s spring! So, we thought the best way to address some of the weighty details and clarify myths is by chatting with one of our own: Val Hunsaker. Val is the Fort George District CVSE Manager, based in Prince George. TranBC: Why are seasonal load restrictions important? Val: Seasonal load restrictions are put into place to protect our roads from damage or failure during the...

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DON’T Do This: 5 Trucks CVSE Wants Off the Road

"Bush Fix"

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch (CVSE) is responsible for making sure BC highways never come anywhere close to becoming the Wild West. That means safeguarding travellers by educating the commercial transport industry and, when necessary, enforcing the National Safety Code, which is a set of national standards supported by provincial regulations. There are minimum safety standards carriers (i.e. the employers) and drivers must follow. The rules are clear; there’s even a useful online course to help carriers...

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The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol: 10 Steps to Highway Safety

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BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt (also known as the Coquihalla or “the Coq”) is a busy transportation corridor through a high mountain pass, and because of this high elevation, the Coquihalla can experience periods of heavy snowfall. Don’t let that worry you though – VSA Highway Maintenance, our maintenance contractor for the route, has a plan. It’s called “the Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol” and it’s every bit as important as it sounds. What exactly is the protocol and...

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Ellis Creek Bypass Channel Gets Fish Around Dam Barrier

Kokanee in Ellis Creek

Would you think, “Dam!” if you were blocked from going where you wanted? That’s what fish might have been thinking when they reached a steep concrete dam, in Penticton, that stopped them from travelling upstream. Until a few months ago, the 1. 5-metre structure, built about 50 years ago on Ellis Creek, was a barrier to kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. We became involved with Ellis Creek, while we were widening the shoulder along a two-kilometre section of Eastside...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 3A, Nelson to Balfour

Living the dream

The Kootenays. No tour of BC would be complete without a visit to this special corner of the province, especially a Road Trip Time Machine tour. So, get in, strap on your seat belt and take a trip back in time as we drive Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour circa 1966. Spoiler alert: You won’t see the elusive Sasquatch but you will travel over the Nelson Bridge, better known as the Big Orange Bridge (or BOB to those...

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Alice All Done Tunnel Boring for BC’s Evergreen Line

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After churning through 2 km of dirt and rocks, “Alice”, the Evergreen Line’s tunnel boring machine, took her last bite out of the tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam on November 27, 2015. Now that the boring is complete, crews will begin taking Alice apart. Deconstruction will be a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job and is expected to take almost two months. The completion of the tunnel boring work is a significant milestone as it...

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Who Ya Gonna Call? Your BC Transportation FAQs

FAQs

Planning parades, towing boats and RVs, licencing limos or developing rural subdivisions? We hear all kinds of questions about all kinds of topics… It’s natural that many of these questions come to our offices across the province, given we’re the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. We can give you a full answer to a lot of questions, but in some cases, we are not the organization responsible for the area you want to know about, or the...

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Slow Down, Pull Over and Stay Inside.

Slow Down Pull Over Stay Inside

When it comes to preparing for an emergency, our friends at PreparedBC know the drill. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to have them share their valuable insight on what to do if you are driving when an earthquake strikes. Read on friends… “Drop, Cover, Hold On.” If you live or travel in BC, let’s hope these four words aren’t news to you. They describe the first three life-saving actions to take during an earthquake. Drop to the...

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DriveBC Turns 10! A History of Travellers Information Communication in BC

Celebrating DriveBC 10 Year Anniversary Canva

How do you get your road condition information? Email alerts? On Twitter @DriveBC? Watching BC HighwayCams? Before the internet, before television, heck – even before radio, British Columbians have been exploring this beautiful province in their cars; and ever since those cars started rolling out and about – highway travellers have been looking for information on road conditions. That is where our journey to communicate road condition information began and it continues to this very day – the safety...

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