What it Takes to Keep 300,000 People Safe During a Special Event

August 6, 2015
Kathie Haidon

If you’ve been to a special event in Surrey, chances are Kathie Haidon was on scene making sure it was running smoothly. Kathie is the City of Surrey’s Traffic Management Coordinator and Special Events Traffic Management Coordinator. Yes, that’s long title, but only because it’s a big job. Last year, the City of Surrey hosted 186 special events, 142 of which required traffic control. The city’s biggest event – the Vaisakhi Parade in April – attracted more than 300,000...

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Culvert Maintenance Responsibilities on BC Highways: Your Questions Answered

August 4, 2015

Do you own property along a BC highway? If you do, you might have some questions about culverts and culvert maintenance. You’ve come to the right place. Whether you are constructing a new driveway that requires a culvert, or you have a pre-existing culvert that needs replacing or maintenance, here is what you need to know in order to keep your culvert and road access clear. What you Need for a New Culvert If there is an existing ditch...

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The Return of the Garbage Gobbler to BC Highways

July 31, 2015
Garbage Gobbler

Do you remember the Garbage Gobbler? Created in the 1950s and placed across the province in B.C. Parks and at points along BC highways in order to “Keep Beautiful British Columbia, Clean and Beautiful,” Garbage Gobblers were a truly cool piece of transportation history. Sadly, Garbage Gobblers proved to be as popular with bears as they were with people and eventually they had to be replaced in favour of bear proof cans (which were not as artsy, but much...

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How You are Changing Signs on the South Fraser Perimeter Road

July 30, 2015
SFPR Eastbound

The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is a new major provincial highway, and building it triggered travel pattern changes. Many of the original signs show local street names to help drivers with navigating the new highway and side road connections. Since opening the highway, about 18 months ago, we’ve been gathering feedback from you. Much of that feedback has to do with challenges understanding these signs. We heard you, and we’re using your input to make changes. Using your...

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What You Don’t Know About BC Cherries and China

July 28, 2015

Big numbers of BC cherries are being popped into the mouths of fruit-lovers in China, after travelling along the Pacific Gateway’s transportation routes. Since 2004, the amount of cherries shipped to countries like China has grown an astonishing 193%. This was recently fueled by a 2014 agreement between the Governments of China and Canada, to allow cherry shipping to Mainland China, after a successful 2013 pilot program. (Previously, Chinese regulations allowed only Hong Kong and Taiwan to import BC...

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How to Prevent Vehicle Fires While Travelling on BC Highways

July 21, 2015
car fire

We’ve noticed more vehicle fires on BC highways lately – especially heading up mountain passes such as the Coquihalla. That’s the bad news. The good news is most fires can be prevented with adequate maintenance on your car, truck or recreational vehicle. Here are a few things you and your mechanic should keep an eye on. Vehicle Weight It is extremely important to know (and adhere to!) how much weight your vehicle is designed to handle. That means being...

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How Information is Updated on DriveBC and Why You Might Notice a Delay

July 17, 2015
How DriveBC is Updated

When it comes to resources for the travelling public to inform them what’s happening on our BC highways, DriveBC is pretty great. Whether it’s info on construction (current or planned), rock slides, avalanche, maintenance, special events, vehicle collisions, inland ferry delays, or updates on when our roads will open or services will resume …basically anything that could impact your travel plans is shared on the website. But how does the information go from “in the field” to on the...

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