The Evergreen Line Tunnel: Alice Will Make it a Boring Job

March 26, 2014
Evergreen and Alice Team Shot

Who is she? She’s 85 metres long, but with her trailing gear that provides the conveyer belt system, she expands to two kilometres. Her head is 10 metres wide and she weighs 109 tonnes. She came to us in bits and pieces and…she likes to eat dirt. She’s “Alice”, the Evergreen Line Tunnel Boring Machine and she is working on the two kilometer tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam as part of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. Truth...

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A Glimpse at the Many Faces of Spring on B.C. Highways

March 20, 2014
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Spring has finally sprung! Or has it? While today marks the official arrival of spring, a quick glimpse around our beautiful province through the eyes of DriveBC HighwayCams reveals many different kinds of roads to be travelled – all depending on your location. Spring does not treat all B.C. drivers equally. After all, it’s a transition period, and weather conditions can bring a little bit of everything. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of the...

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A Look Behind the Scenes at Winter Maintenance in B.C.

March 19, 2014
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When the snow starts falling, the plows hit the roads. Sounds like it could almost be a country song, but it’s also the theme of our latest video, which was shot on location in the east Kootenays this winter with the help of our local maintenance contractor, Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting. We touch on a lot of topics in this one, like which streets get plowing priority, how often contractors plow (spoiler: they’re plowing 24/7, if required) and the...

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Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… a B.C. Firefighter

March 18, 2014
Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… a B.C. Firefighter

When winter hits, firefighters have to achieve a delicate balance between speed and safety. As emergency responders, their goal is to arrive on scene as fast as possible without putting themselves or other drivers at risk. This is Part 3 of a Shift Into Winter interview series exploring how various people, representing various professions, experience winter driving in B.C. So far, we’ve talked to paramedics and a road maintenance worker, and continue with Surrey firefighter and instructor, Reo Jerome....

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50 Ways to be Distracted – What Are Yours?

March 13, 2014
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Think quickly now! What do the following 10 activities have in common? removing food crumbs from around your mouth, patting your puppy, eating a sloppy sandwich, trying to quiet scrapping kids, fumbling for an address, grooming facial hair, searching for sunglasses, grooving out to tunes, picking something out of your teeth and scanning a map. Getting the picture? Haven’t got it yet? Then here are 10 more… engaging in a heavy conversation, looking for stray or gray hairs in...

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Hello Whistler: New Sea to Sky Highway Webcam

March 10, 2014
Hwy 99, in Whistler at Village Gate Blvd, looking north.

Today, we went LIVE with a new view of our provincial highways. This one is located on the Sea to Sky Highway, at the intersection of Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard, and gives BC travellers three views: north, south and east. The Resort Municipality of Whistler partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and funded the installation of the new highway webcam. The number of highway cams continue to rise. We’re currently at almost 300 camera locations...

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DriveBC Tutorial Videos: Road Conditions and Events

March 6, 2014
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The DriveBC tutorial series continues with our latest in the series . This episode focuses on helping you navigate and organize the road conditions and events listings. Hopefully this tutorial helps you find your way using DriveBC. If you have any questions, there’s a good chance the answer is on our frequently asked questions page. If not, please connect with us via email or in the comments section below. Safe travels, and be sure to know before you go...

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