Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

October 6, 2014

There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if you travelled passed Silvermere Lake recently, you likely noticed the start of Phase 2 in the form of some heavy machinery mobilized in the wetlands south of the highway. Thanks to strong partnerships and behind the scenes prep work between local First Nations, governments and community organizations, work has begun. What’s Happening Now? We’ve been working with the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition (FVWC) on this compensation project from the start...

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Flashing green lights and what they mean

October 3, 2014
Flashing green lights and what they mean

Pop Quiz! Red means stop, yellow means proceed with caution and green means go. But what does flashing green mean? Someone recently asked us if we could clarify this for them and here’s the answer. A flashing green light on a traffic signal means the signal is pedestrian activated. So, when you approach a flashing green light, use caution, because the signal could be activated by a pedestrian at any time and you might have to stop and let the pedestrian to cross. We’ve been using flashing green lights in BC since the 80s and they are usually found either mid-block in the city or at intersections on city roads and provincial highways. This question is usually asked by people hailing from Ontario, where a flashing green light was commonly used as a protected left turn signal.   Ontario has since adopted TAC standards and is slowly moving away...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

October 1, 2014
Winter Tires and Chains Sign

When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements coming into effect today (October 1) on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new Winter Tires and Chains website, which guides you through depending on the vehicle you drive and where you drive it. So, what is a winter tire? Is it one with a mountain/snowflake symbol?  How about M+S (mud and snow) tires? We recently assessed the existing definition of “winter tires and chains” as part of the highway speed and safety review. There are six things you need to know now. What’s...

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How We Helped Protect 1000s of Years of BC History on Vancouver Island

September 17, 2014
Tseycum Pay Bay Restoration (6)

Recently, along the shores of the Tseycum First Nation on Vancouver Island, we worked in partnership with the Tseycum people to prevent a portion of the Patricia Bay beach from eroding and washing out West Saanich Road. But it turned out that road restoration was only a piece of what we accomplished here. We also expanded wildlife and salmon habitat at Wsikem Creek, helped protect and monitor precious artifacts and ancestral remains as well as create lasting relationships along the way. Wait a minute. Did we just say artifacts and ancestral remains? Yep. We did. Many people who walk, bike or drive through this portion of West Saanich Road don’t realize that the road was originally laid over top of an ancient burial ground, and that some of the remains here date back about two thousand years! To help protect Tseycum’s ancestors, we worked with Tseycum’s expert archaeological monitor...

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Why We Have To Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Old Spences Bridge

September 14, 2014
SB 2

We’ve gotten a number of questions lately about why we closed the Old Spences Bridge. There are a number of things we took into consideration before making the decision, but here’s the scoop: The Old Spences Bridge crosses the Thompson River and the CN railway between Highway 8 and the community of Spences Bridge. Built in 1931, the old bridge is a single lane affair and, at 83 years old, well past its design life of 50 years. In 2009, following our annual bridge inspection, Old Spences Bridge was closed because of concerns over its structural integrity. Meetings were held in 2009 and 2010 presenting information about the condition of the bridge to the local community. It was stressed that the bridge was continuing to deteriorate, and the life span of the old bridge was coming to an end. We heard from the locals concerned about the dismantling of...

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Why the Completion of the Mufford/64th Ave Overpass Matters to You

September 12, 2014

It’s official. The opening of the Mufford/64th Avenue Overpass marks the completion of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor projects in the lower mainland of British Columbia.  Happy dance! Like others completed as a part of this project, this overpass will improve safety by eliminating the need for road traffic to wait at a rail crossing.  We also completed other enhancements in the area including the realignment of the Mufford Crescent/Glover Road intersection. We captured the construction of this overpass on video and condensed it down into a cool little time-lapse video. What is the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor project? Basically, it’s a 70 kilometre stretch of road and rail infrastructure connecting Canada’s largest container facility (Roberts Bank) with the North American rail network. It carries increasing volumes of freight through the communities of Delta, Surrey and Langley, which is why these nine projects are so important. They will...

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Top 14 Resources for National Trucking Week

September 8, 2014
celebrating BC Truckers

“Keep on Truckin’.” “If you bought it, a truck brought it.” “Big or small, truckers haul it all.” It’s that time of year again where we highlight the importance of moving the economy and the men and women that make it happen, across Canada and in BC. From September 7th to 13th, 2014, it’s National Trucking Week.  We definitely aim to share useful information with truckers through our blog posts (they are one of our most important audiences) so we wanted to continue that focus by highlighting some of the top resources available for the industry. Whether you’re an active driver or curious about the profession, here are some handy links: Provincial Permit Centre – over the phone, email and online, get your permits for everything from highway crossing to oversize loads to motor fuel tax, and more. Commercial Vehicle Permits Online – remember that I just mentioned about...

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