Ellis Creek Bypass Channel Gets Fish Around Dam Barrier

December 15, 2015
Kokanee in Ellis Creek

Would you think, “Dam!” if you were blocked from going where you wanted? That’s what fish might have been thinking when they reached a steep concrete dam, in Penticton, that stopped them from travelling upstream. Until a few months ago, the 1. 5-metre structure, built about 50 years ago on Ellis Creek, was a barrier to kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. We became involved with Ellis Creek, while we were widening the shoulder along a two-kilometre section of Eastside...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Are Your Tail Lights On?

December 8, 2015
Are your tail lights on?

One of the most common mistakes drivers are making these dark, wintry days is failing to activate their tail lights. If you’re ever trailing one of these phantom cars, either during a cloudy day or even at night, chances are there are one or more misconceptions at play. Misconceptions: Tail lights are like daytime running lights: they are always on. Not true. They turn on with the headlights. A lit up dashboard means all lights are on. Not always...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 3A, Nelson to Balfour

December 7, 2015
Living the dream

The Kootenays. No tour of BC would be complete without a visit to this special corner of the province, especially a Road Trip Time Machine tour. So, get in, strap on your seat belt and take a trip back in time as we drive Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour circa 1966. Spoiler alert: You won’t see the elusive Sasquatch but you will travel over the Nelson Bridge, better known as the Big Orange Bridge (or BOB to those...

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Know When to Slow for Weather With Variable Speed Signs

December 2, 2015
Variable speed limit sign in winter

We’re big fans of the maxim: “drive to conditions.” Highway travellers improve their safety dramatically by following those three words, especially in winter. Our highway engineers set speed limits based on IDEAL driving conditions – think bare, dry roads and warm, clear weather. Once factors mess with these conditions – be it fog, rain, snow… whatever – drivers should adjust by slowing to a sensible speed. Now, you may have noticed crews installing new signs on sections of the...

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Alice All Done Tunnel Boring for BC’s Evergreen Line

November 27, 2015
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After churning through 2 km of dirt and rocks, “Alice”, the Evergreen Line’s tunnel boring machine, took her last bite out of the tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam on November 27, 2015. Now that the boring is complete, crews will begin taking Alice apart. Deconstruction will be a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job and is expected to take almost two months. The completion of the tunnel boring work is a significant milestone as it...

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A Winter Reminder: Don’t Pass Snow Plows with Flashing Lights

November 26, 2015
YELLOW FLASHING LIGHTS on a plow truck means it's plowing or sanding-3

It’s early in the winter driving season, and we’re all getting used to the white stuff again, but we’ve had a couple incidents lately where travellers have tried to pass snow plows on the right hand side while the plows are actively working. Don’t do this. Not only is passing an active plow dangerous for you, it’s dangerous for the plow operators and drivers around you. Be patient. Snow plow operators will pull over and let you pass as...

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Who Ya Gonna Call? Your BC Transportation FAQs

November 25, 2015
FAQs

Planning parades, towing boats and RVs, licencing limos or developing rural subdivisions? We hear all kinds of questions about all kinds of topics… It’s natural that many of these questions come to our offices across the province, given we’re the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. We can give you a full answer to a lot of questions, but in some cases, we are not the organization responsible for the area you want to know about, or the...

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