The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

February 12, 2014
The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has many tools in its snow fighting and highway maintenance toolkit; each one specially chosen to keep highways clear and safe for motorists during the winter. Some of our tools include: Tow plows, Graders, Salt, helicopter and gas-ex avalanche control, Sanding Beets. Wait a minute. Did we say...

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The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

February 7, 2014
The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

Our maintenance contractors work hard every day to keep BC highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because British Columbia is a geographically diverse province, our contractors can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially in winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them...

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Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

February 5, 2014
Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Are you a commercial driver hauling freight in British Columbia? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. DriveBC has a new tool to make your life easier – the Commercial Vehicle Route Planner. If you’ve ever used Google Maps before, it’s the same kind of idea. You enter your starting point and...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

January 30, 2014
5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding.      Although you probably don’t notice...

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Getting a Grip on Some Slippery Road Safety Questions

January 23, 2014
Getting a Grip on Some Slippery Road Safety Questions

We received a couple of questions recently about traffic and traction. This isn’t the typical type of traction query we get this time of year (most of those are focused around winter tires and chains). To paraphrase, the first question went something like this: With lots of use, do paved roads get more slippery...

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We’re Hitting the Road with the TELP and EIT Program

January 21, 2014
We’re Hitting the Road with the TELP and EIT Program

Are you a recent graduate from university or a technical college interested in building your career in a technical field? The BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure is seeking recent graduates to join us in a variety of positions across the Province of British Columbia in our Technician Entry Level Program (TELP) or Engineer...

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Putting the “T” in Highway 97A Intersection Safety

January 15, 2014
Putting the “T” in Highway 97A Intersection Safety

If you’ve ever driven along Highway 97A towards Vernon, you might be familiar with the Eagle Rock Road intersection. Traffic has changed here over the years. For one thing, there’s a lot more of it. That posed a particular problem here, as Eagle Rock Road accesses a heavily-used industrial area, and people had begun...

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Shift Into Winter: Hitting the Ice with the Victoria Royals

January 9, 2014

Cold weather is here and so is the need to let people know about safe winter driving. To help raise safety awareness and encourage drivers to get ready for winter driving, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure teamed up with Mainroad Contracting, DriveWise BC and Kal-Tire at a Victoria Royals game on November 15,...

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Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

January 8, 2014
Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

Ever wonder what’s up with highway numbers? You’ve got Highway 1 in the south, Highway 2 in the north, Highway 3 even farther south than Highway 1, and then Highway 4 connecting rural communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Just looking at those examples, it’s easy to see they’re certainly not related...

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