Coming to a Highway 99 Near You: A Bridge to Replace Massey Tunnel

September 20, 2013
Bridge to Replace Massey Tunnel

Remember when we asked you your thoughts around replacing the Massey Tunnel along Highway #99, and what some of those alternatives might be? There was a consultation website, open houses… Well, you shared. More than 2,000 people participated in the on-line engagement and at open houses in Delta, Richmond and Surrey between November 2012 and April 2013. What we heard was summarized in two reports, the second of which was released today. And the results… you want a bridge....

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Small Projects, Big Impacts: 44 Ways Communities Are Safer

September 16, 2013

Keeping BC highways safe for the travelling public is our top priority and one that keeps us pretty busy. But sometimes we are asked to help out with community safety enhancements -smaller projects that fall outside of our day to day work. These are special projects that we look forward to being a part of because it is often the smaller, less obvious work that can sometimes have the biggest impact in a small community. These safety improvements can...

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What’s Growing Under the Alex Fraser Bridge?

September 13, 2013

When the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) opens in December, it will span 37 kilometres through Delta and Surrey with a four-lane expressway. Environmental mitigation is an important part of the project, and it comes in many shapes and sizes. It also attracts some very dedicated people. Students at Delta’s Burnsview Secondary School, led by their teacher Danick Benoit, approached the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure with hopes of volunteering their time to environmentally enhance an area on the...

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Be Prepared – To Meet our New Incident Command Vehicle!

September 11, 2013

A good boy scout is always prepared. (Ask action film star Bruce Willis, he knows). While we might not have had Bruce Willis in mind when we acquired our new Mobile Response Unit (okay, maybe a little bit), we definitely had the transportation safety of British Columbians front and centre. After all safety is our number one priority and we are often required to respond to emergency situations such as floods, fires and even toxic spills. “What’s a Mobile...

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

September 6, 2013
Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

There’s been a lot of interest recently about our bridges and how they’re inspected. Here’s the scoop. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages an inventory of 2,700 bridges plus concession* bridges throughout the province. Sounds like a lot, but here’s a visual for you to put it in perspective. Take those bridges, put them end to end and they’d stretch over 150 kilometres. That’s like driving from Penticton to Merritt! So, how do we make sure so many...

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Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

September 5, 2013

Webcams, changeable message signs, weather stations, counter-flow lanes…. Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed that they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) …nice! We’re also willing to bet you work in the transportation field, because the truth is, it’s not something that gets a lot of attention these days. Until now. So, what is ITS you ask? It’s the application of advanced and emerging technologies (computers, electronic sensors and communication devices) in transportation to save...

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Plan Your Route – Your Road Trip Buddy for All Seasons

August 31, 2013

Planning your last B.C. road adventure for the summer season? Well, DriveBC has a helper to guide you through your Labour Day weekend travels and throughout the entire year. Whether you’re travelling from Ladner to Whistler or Stewart to Cranbrook, DriveBC’s Plan Your Route feature is with you for the long haul. Plan Your Route answers most typical road travel questions. For example, How much longer ’til we get there?…Why are we stopped?…Should I pack a raincoat?… All you...

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