What it’s Like to Watch an Avalanche from a Helicopter

March 24, 2016
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For most people, avalanches incite terror (for good reason!), and should be avoided at all times. But what is true for backcountry enthusiasts doesn’t apply to our ministry avalanche technicians. For them, uniting snow and gravity is a way of life – performed from a safe distance in the name of highway safety. Our crews recently captured video footage of two methods of avalanche control at separate ends of the province: Bear Pass and Kootenay Pass. And it’s pretty...

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The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

March 18, 2016
The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

Drivers who operate vehicles off road – working in the bush or enjoying wilderness recreation – now have access to a dazzling selection of specialized off-road vehicle lights and light bars, to brighten their way. But while these popular ultra-bright lights can be useful and fun, there’s a dark side. We frequently receive reports of motorists and commercial drivers, who are driving on highways with their off-roading lights turned on. Those drivers get a super illuminated view of what’s...

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Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

March 17, 2016
Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Pop quiz! (Because everyone loves spontaneous tests of driving knowledge, right?) It’s a stormy day and you approach a flashing red light while driving. As you get closer, it becomes clear it’s a traffic light controlled four-way intersection with a power outage or other mechanical failure. No yellow or green — just red lights flashing in all directions. You… A) Thank the electricity gods because you’re running late for a very important date, then step on the gas. B)...

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3 Types of Barriers You Will Find on BC Highways

March 11, 2016
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Soaring mountains, rushing rivers and vast tracts of wilderness… Part of what makes British Columbia so beautiful is its dramatic landscapes. We want you to enjoy your travels through these amazing vistas, but our primary responsibility is to make sure you are safe along the way. One of the ways we do that is by using median and roadside barriers to stop you from leaving the roadway should an incident occur. There are three types of barriers used on...

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B.C. Highway and Traffic Cameras Join DriveBC under Open511

March 10, 2016
Open 511 Hwy Cam

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if it helps plan a safe journey. DriveBC, one of government’s most popular and valued services, lets commuters, truckers and vacationers in British Columbia see the road ahead with pictures from thousands of highway and traffic cameras. Whether moving goods or commuting to work, travelers want to see that their road is safe to drive. Seeing the road gives travelers the information and confidence they need to avoid delays or take...

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The New BC Highway Sign that’s Got People Talking Fender Benders

March 3, 2016
Fender Bender Sign

New highway signs rarely get much fanfare. Although extremely important for safety and navigation, they are just signs, after all. They’re not very exciting. In fact, there’s even a song about them, and it’s not all that flattering. But when the ministry installed new “FENDER BENDER” signs on Highway 91’s Alex Fraser Bridge recently, people seemed genuinely happy about it. Here are a few of the tweets we received: So, why are people so enthusiastic? If you drove the...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Lytton to Revelstoke, circa 1966

February 25, 2016
Three Valley Gap with Truck

You asked for this one and we are happy to deliver it. Step back in time with us as we travel BC Highway 1 from Lytton to Revelstoke, circa 1966. This super cool, historical photolog video captures one of the most important transportation routes in BC – the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s the primary east-west route through the province, a big part of our Pacific Gateway program and a vital link between British Columbia and the rest of Canada. We...

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