Get Your Art Fix on the Sea to Sky Highway

December 6, 2012
Sea to Sky

History has revealed some truly great partnerships in both the transportation industry and the art world. Think of the Wright brothers, who were the first ever to take flight. Then, of course, there are John Lennon and Paul McCartney, partners in rock who brought popular music to new heights. But what happens when you combine structural engineering with a passion for art and culture? Aesthetics and function collide at the new Squamish pedestrian overpass on Highway 99. The Ministry...

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Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

December 5, 2012
Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

If there’s one television program out there that illustrates the need for drivers to “shift into winter,” it’s Discovery Channel’s Highway Thru Hell. The show’s action and suspense make it difficult to ignore the challenges of winter driving, especially over B.C. mountain passes. Lessons are often few and far between in the realm of reality television – but that’s not the case with Highway Thru Hell; in fact, we pulled together some of the safe winter driving lessons viewers...

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Ride Don’t Slide: What Winter Tires Mean to You

December 4, 2012
Ride Don’t Slide: What Winter Tires Mean to You

Have you ever debated about installing winter tires? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Whether due to cost or simply just uncertainty around the benefits of winter tires, many drivers in B.C. are tempted to slide through winter on their summer treads. But temptation can be deadly. One of our favourite analogies comes from, well, hockey of course (apologies if we stir your NHL lockout blues). It goes like this: when temperatures drop below 7C, all-season tires harden much...

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Bridging the Week: Openings, Engagement, Consultation and Rehabilitation

December 1, 2012
SFPR

Just when we thought it wasn’t possible to pack more milestones into our weekly summary of transportation related news in BC, things really started to pick up speed. This week will see the Port Mann Bridge opened to eight lanes of traffic and the eastern portion South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) opened as well. The George Massey Tunnel replacement project and consultation process is high on our radar as is the Coastal Ferries Engagement. And then there’s our day...

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New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

November 30, 2012
New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

We made it. The New Port Mann Bridge – the widest bridge in the world, as well as the second largest and longest cable-supported bridge in North America, is now open. This monumental achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of countless people for which we are grateful. Thank you. We would also like to thank the travelling public for their continued patience as the project unfolded. We asked you to hang in there...

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What Does the Future Have in Store for the Massey Tunnel? Let Us Know

November 29, 2012
What Does the Future Have in Store for the Massey Tunnel? Let Us Know

It began life as the Deas Island Tunnel, but these days it’s official name is the George Massey Tunnel or, less formally, as the Massey Tunnel. It is the only road tunnel below sea level in Canada, making its roadway the lowest road surface in Canada. The tunnel is a part of Highway 99 in the Lower Mainland area and travels underneath the south arm of the Fraser River estuary to connect Metro Vancouver with outlying regions such as...

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How to Make a Transit Bus Jump

November 27, 2012
How to Make a Transit Bus Jump

Some people are accustomed to “jumping on the bus” – another way to say climbing aboard. But how does something as heavy as a transit bus jump ahead of traffic at a busy intersection? And why would it want to? The reason for jumping ahead of other vehicles is that it helps buses (and transit riders) stay on schedule, and we’ve got a hand in making it happen. It begins with analysis by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s...

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