Road Maintenance

A Look Behind the Scenes at Winter Maintenance in B.C.

March 19, 2014

When the snow starts falling, the plows hit the roads. Sounds like it could almost be a country song, but it’s also the theme of our latest video, which was shot on location in the east Kootenays this winter with the help of our local maintenance contractor, Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting. We touch on...

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Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… Highway Maintenance

February 26, 2014

Perhaps no group monitors winter on B.C. highways more vigilantly than the ministry’s maintenance contractors. They are on call around the clock, ready to battle the ice, slush and snow that can threaten travellers’ safety at a moment’s notice. This is Part 2 of a Shift Into Winter interview series exploring how people, representing...

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The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

February 7, 2014
The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

Our maintenance contractors work hard every day to keep BC highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because British Columbia is a geographically diverse province, our contractors can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially in winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them...

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Getting a Grip on Some Slippery Road Safety Questions

January 23, 2014
Getting a Grip on Some Slippery Road Safety Questions

We received a couple of questions recently about traffic and traction. This isn’t the typical type of traction query we get this time of year (most of those are focused around winter tires and chains). To paraphrase, the first question went something like this: With lots of use, do paved roads get more slippery...

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Adding “Pow” to the Plow for Winter Safety

December 19, 2013
Adding “Pow” to the Plow for Winter Safety

Elementary school children recently painted bright designs on three snowplows and a grader for some educational fun, in Golden. Road maintenance contractor HMC Services Inc. arranged for three fully equipped tandem axle plow trucks and one grader to attend all three of Golden’s elementary schools in October, for sessions about snow plow safety. About...

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Winter Driving in the East Kootenays

December 16, 2013
Winter Driving in the East Kootenays

If you live in or travel through the East Kootenays, you know what the weather and the roads have been like lately. If you haven’t been through there in the last couple of weeks, well, here’s a quick recap of what you missed out on: winter driving conditions. Everywhere. Now this area certainly isn’t...

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A Bit of BC History: Jet-Setters in Winter Maintenance

October 8, 2013
A Bit of BC History: Jet-Setters in Winter Maintenance

Have a good look at the picture below. It’s a shot of a snow plow on Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-sixties. Notice anything unusual? Probably not, because what makes this plow so unique isn’t immediately obvious. So here’s a hint. Ever hear of a Pratt and Whitney?...

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

September 6, 2013
Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

There’s been a lot of interest recently about our bridges and how they’re inspected. Here’s the scoop. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages an inventory of 2,700 bridges plus concession* bridges throughout the province. Sounds like a lot, but here’s a visual for you to put it in perspective. Take those bridges, put...

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Micro Surfacing the Malahat: Up Close and Personal

August 29, 2013
Micro Surfacing the Malahat: Up Close and Personal

During the Malahat Safety Improvements project  we have had some questions about the process we  used to pave the corridor. It is called Micro Surfacing and we asked Project Manager Darren Englund to tell us a little bit more about it, so that we, in turn, could bring you up to speed on the...

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Behind the Scenes with 6 Cone Zone Workers

August 27, 2013
Behind the Scenes with 6 Cone Zone Workers

We often urge people to respect roadside work zones (also known as Cone Zones), especially when summer highway construction season ramps up. But as much as we support worker safety, it’s the  workers themselves who have the strongest messages to share. They’re the ones who have experienced what can happen when drivers lose focus....

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