Going Green

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

Why We Have 5 Big Questions about Solar Roadways

Solar road

There’s been a lot of talk about solar roadways lately, and since we’ve started to get questions about them, we thought we’d let you know where we stand on the issue. The idea of using our roads to generate power sounds great, and we’re eager to see how this technology develops, but at this moment, don’t expect to see solar provincial roadways in B.C. anytime soon. Here’s why. The concept is still very much being researched and tested. The American Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded a test concept brought forward by the company Solar Roadways in 2011. That test was in a parking lot in Sagle, Idaho. It’s now complete, and the company is now looking for funding to move to the next phase of research and testing. A question we’d want answered is how this would stand up to a 26,000 kg logging truck trailer? Ever heard of...

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16 Ways BikeBC is Opening Up the Road for BC Cyclists

Biking BC

“Brains before beauty, wear your helmet!” – Unknown Good advice. I’m noticing more and more people taking up cycling as a way to get out and enjoy the scenery, but one of the most popular reasons is to get their “exercise on” and live a healthier lifestyle. Now there’s going to be a few more options to do that. As part of our BikeBC program, we’re joining with 13 communities to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths. They include… Barriere – River Trail Network, Bartlett Road at Airfield Road to Yard Road at Highway 5 Capital Regional District – Rainbow Road (Salt Spring Island) separated bike path Castlegar – 17th Street/Connors Road multi-use separated path City of North Vancouver – 3rd Street multi-use path and bike lane Coquitlam – Glen Drive bikeway bike lanes and shared roadway Coquitlam – Cross town route removal of impediments Spuraway/Mariner intersection upgrade...

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How We Put Driftwood and Debris to Work For BC Highways

Debris

Rugged. Windy. Wet. Wild. If you’ve been to the west coast of B.C., chances are you’ve driven on a highway running alongside the ocean fitting this exact description. While this makes for a beautiful drive, having a highway close to the ocean, like anything else, is not without complications. Take Stories Beach on Vancouver Island for example; in the fall of 2013, we completed a pilot “green shores” restoration project at the beach on Highway 19A, which is just south of Campbell River. The shoreline here was eroding and beginning to creep toward the east side of the highway. Not a good thing. Our original plan was to put riprap in along the foreshore of Stories Beach in order to protect the highway. Rip rap is normally a ‘rock star’ in erosion protection however; in certain circumstances, such as storm season, waves crash off of the hard riprap, and...

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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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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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10 Ways for Drivers and Cyclists to Safely Share B.C. Highways

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Every month, from May to October, 160 cyclists are injured in B.C. (This sad statistic is from ICBC). Whether on fat tires or skinny tires, everyone driving and cycling, needs to share the roads and the responsibility for safety. Cyclists are entitled to use the majority of provincial roads – from smaller two-lane highways around popular cycling destinations, to remote highways like the Stewart-Cassiar, to high-speed, high-volume routes like the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7). Plenty of people cycle provincial highways to commute to their jobs, whether in Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island, or the Lower Mainland and Southern Interior, and not just during Bike to Work Week. Plus cyclists pedal provincial highways for recreation, fitness, tourism and occasionally, competition. In some places, the routes may not have shoulders or bike lanes. In others, they do. Wherever cyclists and drivers may be, here are 10 ways to savor the open...

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Behind the Scenes: Traffic Planning for Major Athletic Events

GranFondo

Picture 5,300 cyclists launching from Vancouver, to pedal 122 kilometres up the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, in a few hours. Or, imagine more than 2,500 Ironman athletes cycling and running a total of 222 kilometres on Highway 99, around Whistler and Pemberton (after a 3.8-kilometre swim in Alta Lake). It’s easy to do – picturing it, not performing it! Photos and accounts of the grit, grime and guts it takes to do the annual RBC Whistler GranFondo and last year’s first-ever Subaru Ironman Canada Whistler tell the story. But have you wondered how the way is cleared for those epic events to happen? How do uber athletes compete free and safe from motor vehicles, spectators get breathtaking views, and diverted motor vehicles maintain their momentum? Pounds of Planning Well, like the athletes, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure does 2,000 pounds (a tonne) of preparation for major athletic...

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Little Hands a Big Help in Habitat Restoration at Oliver Creek

Lake Cowichan Gazette

Students of Palsson Elementary School in Lake Cowichan, BC, got together recently to plant native trees at Oliver Creek as part of a two-phase restoration project led by our  Environmental Management group.  The first phase included restoring fish passage through a culvert crossing on Youbou Road. The second phase, scheduled to happen later this year, will include correcting another culvert at Grosskleg Way in Lake Cowichan, and restoring a side channel downstream. We didn’t do it alone however, some of our partners (in addition to our little friends from Palsson Elementary) included: the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society, local landowner Greg Lundh, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to name a few. Our challenge at Oliver Creek was to restore fish passage at the culvert crossing at our Youbou Road. The conditions at this culvert (it was too long, too shallow, too steep, and had no...

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

Crossing

Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to you? It means that you need to be extra cautious as you use this stretch of road, because you might have to stop where you used to go. If you travel this route frequently, you might have conditioned yourself to the old traffic pattern, making you less prepared to stop at the new crossing. The BC RCMP are also out to enforce this area, so please pay attention. This is...

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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 bridge lighting to energy efficient LED lights. All good for increased safety and promoting mobility. To do that, we must first remove the previous sidewalks before constructing the new ones. Unfortunately the signs are in the way. Specifically, the supports for the existing signs are located outside the existing sidewalks therefore the new supports will be relocated along the inside of the new sidewalk. The new sidewalk will wrap around the new...

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