Coquihalla Construction Crews: “A Story for Every Kilometre”

May 25, 2016
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It took more than 10,000 people 20 months of continuous work to open Phase 1 of the Coquihalla, on May 16, 1986. Many of the men and women who worked on this historic project have moved on to new adventures; however, some still work for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. To get a sense of what it was like to work on a project of this scale, we asked four ministry staffers (one retired/three current) four questions. Their...

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Roadside Worker Safety: How Do You Look at It?

May 19, 2016
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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Construction of the Coquihalla: Still Amazing After 30 Years

May 16, 2016
30th Anniversary Coquihalla Construction-1

It was the most ambitious highway project in the province’s history. It’s the most heavily travelled route in all of British Columbia. From top to bottom, motorists can experience every single type of weather condition known to man. With a summit reaching 1,244 metres tall (imagine almost 3 CN Towers stacked up), it isn’t uncommon for it to be snowing at the peak and sunny at the base. We’re talking, of course about the Coquihalla Highway. The Coquihalla turns...

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How New Maintenance Contracts Will Make Highways Better

May 9, 2016
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Since the privatization of highway maintenance in BC, we’ve governed the level of service required from our contractors through our Maintenance Contract Agreements.  However, in the 27 years since highway maintenance was privatized, there have been substantial changes both in the industry and in public expectations. We’ve recently renewed the maintenance contract for the East Kootenay service area and the language in this new contract will be the starting point for all of our maintenance contracts around the province...

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Why Moving a Bridge is a Shift in the Right Direction

May 5, 2016
Ft Nelson River Bridge

Sometimes moving to something new means moving something older – but not too far. That’s the case with the single-lane Fort Nelson River Bridge, which we moved about 10.5 metres in mid-April, to allow for a new two-lane bridge to be built on Highway 77, about 70 km north of Fort Nelson. The existing bridge will serve as a detour while the new bridge is being built. This video shows the existing bridge – a lengthy 430 metres –...

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What You Need to Know about Seasonal Load Restrictions

May 2, 2016
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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What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

April 27, 2016
What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

Sometimes we work on a project that changes not just the highway, but the world around it. Such was the case with our recent work on scenic Highway 95 at Luxor Creek.  A key wildlife corridor connecting important animal habitats between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains is a step closer to reality thanks, in part, to the new Luxor Creek Bridge. To say we are thrilled to be a part of making it happen is an understatement  (normally, our...

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