B.C. Driver Alert: When the School Bus Stops, You Stop

April 24, 2015
Do not pass when lights flashing

From September to June, parents in rural areas send their children off to school on the big yellow school bus, trusting that their child will get to class and back home safely each day. They are counting on motorists to do the right thing (the law-abiding thing) by coming to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing. Sadly, not everyone does stop when the school bus lights are flashing and kids could be...

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On Earth Day and Everyday – Green Matters to TranBC

April 22, 2015
Bike to Work Week

Have you ever wondered what the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is doing to support green initiatives across the province? Look no further. In celebration of Earth Day we gathered some of our favourite green projects for you. We don’t think green for just one day out of a year, we work all year long to make sure sensitive ecosystems and wildlife are protected. That includes turtles… and toads… and caribou… and let’s not forget about bears, moose, deer,...

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Kids Hop to Toad Research to Protect Amphibians on Roads

April 14, 2015
CowichanYNC_ToadCrossingShirts-Jumping_March2015_ (c) E WInd

When some kids from the Cowichan area were asked if they wanted to monitor toads and other amphibians on the move near highways, they jumped on it! The kids leapt at the chance to test road survey kits, developed by the Young Naturalists’ Club (YNC) of BC, when they learned that efforts to observe and record amphibian travel could potentially lower the number of frogs, toads, salamanders and newts that are killed on B.C. highways. We supplied the Cowichan...

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What are NZEV Zones and Why do they Matter?

April 10, 2015
Zero emission vehicle

  Vehicles have come a long way since power steering and automatic transmissions were the newest exciting features. Now we have talking GPS systems… rear-view cameras… instant hovercraft capabilities (OK, just kidding about that last one). Technology is changing the way we travel, and it’s important the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure adapts. Why not take advantage of innovations that allow for more efficient, and greener, modes of travel? The latest technology to get a boost is Net Zero...

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Unleashing the Snowcats: Clearing the Terrace-Kitimat Blizzard

April 2, 2015
Snowcat snapshot

How do you clear the roads when the amount of snowfall over 36 hours amounts to the height of the average Canadian adult? You get creative, and look to the ski hills. When 168 cm (5’6”) of snow fell in the Terrace-Kitimat area between February 5 and 7 (4pm-4am, 2015), local maintenance contractor Nechako Northcoast brought in heavy equipment from outside, such as graders, loaders, and three snowcats. Typically used on ski hills, these cool cats are designed to...

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Dig into the Work of a Geotechnical Engineer

March 31, 2015
Warren Lemky

Highways and bridges are earthy matters and a geotechnical engineer is just the kind of person to delve into the deep subject of what’s below ground. We spoke with a geotechnical engineer, one of our four types of engineers, during National Engineering Month to find out about his work on B.C. highways. Meet Warren Lemky, regional geotechnical design engineer, based out of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Prince George office. Warren, what’s your role as a geotechnical engineer?...

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What Happens After a Rock Hits a BC Highway

March 30, 2015
Geo Assess Engineers

Rockfalls tend to happen more often in spring, when slopes above highways can be affected by changing temperatures and increased rainfall. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Rockwork Program uses a variety of techniques to keep rock and debris off highways. But rockfalls are a natural process and cannot always be prevented. In those cases, the ministry and its maintenance contractors spring into action to ensure the highway is cleared and safe for travellers. Reporting a Rockfall Maintenance Contractors...

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